Woman leads po­lice in high speed pur­suit

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

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.

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