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75-Year-Old Woman Goes 112 MPH Leads Deputies on Wild Interstate Chase

Taniesa L. Sullivan | The Weekly Ledger News

ASHLAND, Ore. (KTVL/TND) — A 75-year-old woman was taken into custody after deputies said they tried to pull her car over for going 112 mph on an Oregon interstate.

After officers with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office were unable to pull her over late Friday, Nov. 4, along Interstate 5, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said they took over and spiked the tires on the car once it crossed the county's line.

During the pursuit, the suspect's vehicle was spiked at least seven times and drove without tires" for roughly 17 miles, the agency wrote.

"A Pursuit Intervention Technique was conducted to stop the vehicle and the 75-year-old female suspect was taken into custody and lodged in the Jackson County Jail."

No injuries were reported and the driver was later identified as Elizabeth Katherine Essex. According to online records, Essex was charged with attempting to elude police by vehicle and reckless driving. She had not been released as of Tuesday morning and a bail amount was not specified.

Several agencies assisted with the chase including the following:

• Rogue River Police Department

• Talent Police Department

• Phoenix Police Department

• Ashland Police Department

• Central Point Police Department

• Medford Police Department

• Oregon State Police

"Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO 911) did a great job coordinating the many law enforcement agencies leading to a successful and safe resolution of the pursuit," authorities noted.

Deputies have not released a motive behind the pursuit.

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