Suicidal woman leads police on chase

JONESBORO, Ark. – A woman parked on train tracks with admitted suicidal thoughts took police on a chase involving spike strips and busting her window out to apprehend her.

The incident began about 2:30 a.m. Friday morning, when officers were dispatched to Dan Avenue and Henson about a female being stopped on the railroad crossing, attempting to commit suicide. Craighead County Sheriff’s Office had personnel on the scene when Jonesboro police arrived.

Officers spoke with a woman who said she was suicidal, according to the report. She said she had seen a therapist recently and agreed to go to the hospital to be screened. However, she began to walk back from the idea of going quietly with police, asking if she could have a friend pick her up and then asking if she had to go tonight – since she had an appointment in a few days. Officers insisted.

This is when the woman reportedly “huffed,” and put the car in drive, taking off. Officers began a chase, following her north on Hasbrook Road, then onto County Road 344, when she pulled into a driveway. As the officer approached her, she threw the vehicle into reverse, backed out “really quickly,” the officer said, and drove around police on the wrong side of the road. The pursuit began yet again.

This time, she made it back to Dan Avenue and drove until she came to I-555, turning on it to head to Bono. With more deputies joining, lights activated to stop the frantic woman, she still refused to stop. She drove to the Kum & Go in Bono and evidently, turned around to come back to Jonesboro. Officers set a spike strip up at Dan Avenue and blew all four of her tires. However, she kept driving on wheels which were tearing the rubber apart.

Finally, at I-555 near the Washington Avenue exit, the woman stopped. Deputies had to bust out her window to get her out of the vehicle, the report said.

She was taken into custody by Craighead County deputies for a mental health screening.

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