Woman leads police in high speed pursuit
A Bryantown woman was arrested on Friday after leading police on a high-speed chase through Waldorf, police say.
Krista Lynn Chastain, 35, was apprehended after she allegedly came close to running over a police officer, who had to jump out of the way, and after she reportedly struck a citizen’s car as she sped through a crowded intersection, according to court records and a Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. No one was reported to be seriously injured during the incident.
As of press time Tuesday, Chastain has been charged with first-degree assault, resisting arrest and several traffic violations.
Around 3:11 p.m. on Friday, sheriff’s office deputies were called to the 1100 block of Princeton Lane in Waldorf for a domestic dispute, charging documents state. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Chastain’s grandmother who reported she had left the area after a dispute.
As officers spoke with the grandmother, Chastain returned to the area driving a Ford Fusion, court records show. Several bystanders yelled to police to stop the car for driving recklessly, but when an officer tried to block the vehicle’s travel path, Chastain allegedly accelerated and he had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.
Officers began pursing Chastain, who reportedly avoided police by driving around a patrol car and through someone’s yard at one point, according to police. Traveling over 75 miles per hour, she allegedly drove through a red light and struck the rear bumper of a car turning at the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and Billingsley Road, removing the vehicle’s rear bumper. Officers were unable to continue the pursuit due to heavy traffic, but a vehicle description was broadcast and officers with the La Plata Police Department spotted the car traveling south on Radio Station Road.
Chastain reportedly refused to stop the vehicle until she encountered traffic on Rosewick Road, where officers caught up and removed her from the car as she actively resisted arrest, court records show. Bottles of liquor and prescription medication were recovered from the vehicle, and she reportedly displayed signs of impairment. Police transported her to the hospital where her behavior was described as “disoriented” and “erratic.”
She was later taken to the Charles County Detention Center after she was released from the hospital with no injuries, court records show. Chastain is now out of custody on pre-trial release after posting $20,000 bond on Monday.
A preliminary hearing has been set for April 28.