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High-speed chase ends in arrest

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

EVANSTON — A high-speed chase streaked from Overthrust Drive nearly to the Uintas on Thursday evening, ending in the arrest of Nichole Dawn Brown.

The pursuit lasted nearly 20 minutes, with Brown taking no fewer than eight police officers and sheriff’s deputies on a mad chase through the city of Evanston and down Highway 150.

During that time, the first on-scene officer reported, Brown often drove faster than 60 mph and even up to 100 mph.

She also ignored traffic signs as she drove through town, allegedly leading multiple drivers to swerve or stomp on the brakes as she drove over dividing lines, through a parking lot and past traffic signals.

The incident began at 5:07 p.m. when an Evanston police officer noticed Brown’s vehicle, a white 1992 Buick Century, straddling the white line on northbound Overthrust Road. When the officer started driving after her, Brown allegedly sped up to about 60 mph, nearly turned into the Kegger’s parking lot before swerving back onto the road (cutting another driver off in the process). The officer also reported that Brown stopped abruptly before starting up again after the officer turned on his lights.

Brown continued on to Harrison Drive, allegedly increasing her speed to 70-80 mph. By the time she reached Front Street, several other Evanston police officers had joined the pursuit, one of whom Brown allegedly almost hit as she swerved. Afterward, as she passed other officers, Brown also “reached out the driver side window and gave officers the middle finger,” according to the incident report.

The officer reported that Brown barreled through Front Street, disregarding traffic signals and nearly hitting several other vehicles. And as she went under the interstate by City View, she accelerated yet again to more than 90 mph.

Having already come close to hitting other drivers at slower speeds, Brown reportedly had many other near misses while flying down the highway. The police officers were ordered to stop pursuing her at Milepost 18, and the sheriff’s deputies caught up with Brown three miles later.

Near the end of the pursuit, Brown threw a glass bottle of Bacardi liquor out of the window, according to police documents. She finally slowed and stopped her vehicle at 5:26 p.m., at which point the deputies caught up to her and began to arrest her.

She allegedly had to be restrained for her own safety as well as the officers’ when she resisted arrest, shouting (or slurring) profanities all the while.

The police officer reporting the incident said Brown was unsteady, had slurred speech and smelled like alcohol when she was arrested. However, according to police documents, Brown was apologetic by the time she was taken to the hospital for a blood test; she allegedly told the officer that she was glad no one had gotten hurt and that she has a drinking problem.

Brown was charged for reckless driving and attempting to elude, and she was also cited for driving while under the influence and failing to maintain her lane of travel.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

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