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20-MILE US 59 WRONG WAY PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST

Just after 7 pm a female driver was northbound in the southbound feeder of US 59 at Townsend. As she approached the southbound exit for Hamblen Road she cut off a FOrd SUV causing that driver to flip his vehicle. He was not injured. THe driver then entered the southbound main lanes of US 59 at the Hamblin McClellan Road exit striking several construction barrels. She then started driving northbound at a high rate of speed. As she crossed northpark one of the barrels wedged under her car flew out into the main lanes. Multiple calls came in to various agencies. A Montgomery County Deputy spotted the female near FM 1314 and attempted to stop her. The deputy traveling directly behind her with lights , siren and running at speeds close to 100 mph. At SH 99 the Patton Village Police Chief joined in as he left an EMCID event. THe chase continued north in the southbound main lanes of the freeway. In addition Roman Forest, Patton Village, DPS and Splendora assisted Montgomery County. Several motorists MCPR talked to credit the deputy going the wrong way behind the driver with his overhead lights with other drivers not crashing. Wayne King of Cleveland said if it wasn’t for the slow down move over law he would have been hit head on. As it was he saw the lights coming at him and went to the center lane barely missing being hit. The chase continued to Fostoria Road where she exited onto US 59 where it turns into 4 lanes with a grassy median. She attempted to turn onto Morgan Cemetery just south of Anderson Ford. Thats where police took her down at gunpoint. MCSO was conducting a field sobriety test on the female as HPD worked the crash on in Harris County at Hamblin Road. Patton Village Police Chief Shannon Sharp saisd in over 34 years of law enforcement he has never seen a chase as the one he witnessed tonight. He said he had a death grip om the steering wheel with all the traffic coming head on at them. At one going he said speeds went to 120 mph. He said tonight was a night he got down on his knees after the event.

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