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Columbiana woman charged after high-speed chase

October 18, 2012

COLUMBIANA A Columbiana woman is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in Summit County on Saturday.

According to media reports, Ashley Stewart, 24, was cited by Streetsboro police after the chase that began on I-480 in Hudson. A caller had reported to the department shortly after 3 a.m. that a vehicle was traveling east in the westbound lanes.

A dispatcher with the Streetsboro department confirmed the account on Wednesday.

According to reports, police attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle after seeing it traveling in the opposing lane of traffic, but it continued on, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. Although driving erratically, Stewart did not hit any other vehicles in the opposing lane. A video of the chase as recorded on one of the cruiser's dash cameras was posted on YouTube on Monday.

Police were able to get the vehicle stopped along state Route 14 in Streetsboro. As Stewart was exiting the vehicle it reportedly rolled into a Summit County Sheriff's vehicle, which was assisting in the chase.

The reports also indicated she refused a sobriety test, although she was charged with OVI as a result of her erratic driving. She was also charged with failure to comply with the signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

The dispatcher declined to release a police report of the incident, stating it was not yet complete as the matter is still under investigation.



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