JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County sheriff's deputy says a woman who led him on a high-speed chase Monday night told him she was “tired of going to jail.”
Michelle Y. Raymond, 48, is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center on suspicion of felony fleeing.
Sgt. Jason Allen was on normal patrol on County Road 792 around 10 p.m. when he noticed a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix cross the center line, according to his incident report.
As Allen was turning around to make a traffic stop, he noticed the car did not yield to the stop sign at the Highway 351 intersection.
When he reached 351, Allen stated the vehicle was “nowhere in sight.” He drove down the highway and spotted taillights going over the hill at CR 762.
“It was obvious the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Allen said.
The car then turned onto CR 766. Allen said he caught up with the car on CR 714 as it was turning onto Highway 141 southbound.
With lights and siren blaring, Allen reported he followed the Pontiac into the Jonesboro city limits.
Allen said the car passed several vehicles and drove once in the northbound lane with oncoming traffic.
At the intersection of Hwy. 141 and Johnson Avenue, Allen said the car drove through a red light and turned east on Johnson.
Allen chased the car down Johnson, as it continued to run through red lights and drive into oncoming traffic, onto Stadium (Red Wolf) Boulevard, the report stated.
From Stadium the vehicle turned west onto Nettleton Avenue and traveled to Main Street where it turned south and sped to U.S. Highway 63 where it turned south. During this time the car continued to pass vehicles and run through red lights, Allen said.
As Allen was chasing the car, officers with the Bay Police Department “successfully deployed” a spike strip at the exit off Hwy. 63.
The Grand Prix came to a stop just south of the Bay exit, Allen stated.
Allen ordered the Raymond and a female passenger to get out of the car, then placed both into custody.
When asked why she was running, Raymond told Allen she was “tired of going to jail.”
Allen asked a Bay K9 officer to deploy his partner for a sniff of the vehicle. According to the report, the dog positively alerted to the odor of narcotics.
When Allen searched the vehicle, he reported finding a burnt marijuana roach in a cigarette pack.
Allen arrested Raymond and took her to the CCDC. The passenger was released without charge.