Skooter reporting 02/18/12
A 21-year-old Olympia woman was having a mental breakdown when police gave her a brief chase and was accused of causing a North Seattle pileup, according to court filings.
Seattle police said the brief chase on Tuesday ended with a series of crash at Northgate. The woman is jailed on $10,000 bail until the weekend as prosecutors arrange to make charges.
Two Seattle officers in a police van were cruising on North 92nd Street just before 4 p.m. the day of the crash when a speeding Dodge pickup passed by in the opposite direction. They noticed one of the pickup's tires was badly damaged and smoking. So they turned around to stop the pickup.
Based on police report the woman drove very unpredictably which resulted to another of her front tires severely damaged. She continued to speed away, driving on the truck rims as she reached Northgate Mall.
The Dodge pickup bumped another vehicle in the rear at the mall entrance, the officer’s report said. The truck then hit several other vehicles before coming to a stop in the intersection of Northeast 107th Street and First Avenue Northeast.
Officers yanked the woman from her burning truck and put her on the sidewalk. Several other people were injured in the incident, though the injuries they endured remained not clear.
The unidentified woman told police ludicrously, she was "running from murder" and told police she arrived at the junction "on a bus," according to a police report. The arresting officer observed the woman was experiencing perceptible hallucinations and extensive paranoia.
She and her parents denied any drug abuse and mental health conditions. Investigators found out later the truck had been reported stolen.