Sheriff: Intoxicated woman arrested after high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

Sheriff: Intoxicated woman arrested after high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, Hammond Police tried to make a traffic stop that had been reported stolen from the RaceTrac Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Hydi Leard of Independence, did not stop when officers tried to pull her over while she was driving eastbound on Hwy. 190. Police reports say she turned on Airport Road and then onto I-12 where speeds reached in excess of 100 mph.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Deputies, Louisiana State Police and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Deputies were notified and joined in the pursuit.

At mile marker 77.5 in St. Tammany Parish, spike strips were put down across the highway and St. Tammany deputies blocked motorists from entering the interstate, to clear the roadway.

The spike strip punctured one of the vehicle's tires and slowed the vehicle down considerably. The vehicle was forced into the median, where it hit the guard wire before traveling into the westbound lane. The driver then used a gravel turnaround in the median to re-enter the eastbound lanes, where the chase continued.

"Working together, deputies and state troopers were able to decrease the fleeing vehicle's speed to 40 miles per hour before it rammed into the rear of a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle," said officials in a news release.

The driver tried to run after the vehicle was stopped, but was caught by a Louisiana State Trooper.

She was taken to the hospital after complaining of injuries.

She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of not having a license, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated criminal damage, and being a fugitive.

She will face felony charges once she is released from St. Tammany Parish.

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