An Ozark County woman reportedly drove drunk and then dragged a deputy down a highway. She then allegedly took other law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase topping speeds of 100 mph while driving on a flat tire.
According to police reports, the incident happened on Feb. 23 on Z Highway in Ozark County. A female deputy reportedly called for help, crying and stating that she had been run over and dragged after trying to approach the driver’s vehicle following an alleged near-collision.
The Ozark County sheriff responded to the area with his lights flashing. After he reportedly spotted the vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, he attempted to force it to stop by pulling his police car in front of it. The 36-year-old female driver then allegedly entered the ditch in order to get around his car and had a flat. She then reportedly continued to drive at speeds of more than 100 mph. She crossed Highway 5 onto Y Highway with officers in pursuit. After pulling into a driveway, both she and her passenger allegedly ran away on foot. Officers were able to catch them both. After searching the vehicle, they allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside of it.
Driving while intoxicated may result in significant criminal penalties, including lengthy incarceration. People who are facing such charges may want to obtain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in combating the charges. In some cases, such as when it is a first offense, an attorney might be able to have the prosecutor agree to have the defendant successfully complete an alcohol awareness course and perform community service in lieu of jail time.