1998 Mercury Sable with blown tires from car chaseEnlarge Photo
Speeding and driving while under the influence already puts others in danger, but add kids to the back seat while doing both and you have a recipe for a very bad day. Unfortunately all three of these things happened early this morning in Oregon.
The Oregonian has reported that early this morning a woman led troopers on a 20-mile car chase with speeds reaching 100 mph on Interstate 5 south of Eugene, Oregon. The authorities were able to finally stop the vehicle by using a device to flatten two of the vehicles tires.
Upon approaching the vehicle, the troopers found the woman's 4-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl seated belted into the back seat. The driver, 30-year-old Maria Elena was taken to Lane County Jail and cited for a felony attempt to elude, along with driving while under the influence of intoxicants. Two counts of reckless endangerment have also been cited and the children were taken to the Department of Human Services.
It all started at approximately 2:20 am this morning when an off-duty trooper called the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center to report a possible drunk driver traveling at speeds above 80 mph southbound on Interstate 5. Approximately 30 minutes later another trooper spotted the 1998 Mercury Sable near Eugene, Oregon and attempted to pull it over. Using spike strips, the Cottage Grove police were finally able to stop the vehicle at 3 am. Maria refused to get out of the vehicle when troopers approached.
We don't envy all the responsibilities and stress of being a busy mom; but turning to the bottle and triple-digit speeds might not be the best way to vent. Should this mom get a DUI interlock, or should she not be driving at all? Let us know what you think.