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A woman faces multiple charges after police said she led them on a high-speed chase after causing an accident.
Ami I. Whitfield, 29, of Hartsville, was held Saturday in Bartholomew County Jail after hitting a person pushing a moped on a Columbus street, then fleeing the scene in her Chevrolet Equinox, Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Noel Houze said.
Houze said Whitfield faces three charges:
Leaving the scene of a serious personal injury crash, a Class D felony.
Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Class D felony.
Resisting law enforcement-fleeing, a Class A misdemeanor.
The spokesman said a state trooper clocked Whitfield’s SUV at 89 miles per hour traveling eastbound on State Road 46 around 3:20 p.m. Friday. The posted speed limit on that stretch of the road is 55 mph.
State Police Trooper Robert Hutson was traveling westbound at the time on State Road 46, Houze said, and he turned around to pursue the woman’s vehicle.
As Hutson began to catch up, the officer heard radio traffic from the Columbus Police Department that a vehicle fitting the same description had just hit a person pushing a moped and left the accident scene.
City police spokesman Joe Richardson said the accident involving Whitfield’s vehicle and the pedestrian pushing a moped occurred at the
4700 block of 25th Street near Fire Station No. 4 within the Columbus city limits.
Witnesses told police that Whitfield was traveling at a high rate of speed, tried to change lanes and lost control of her SUV. The SUV slid into Noel Simmons, 50, of Columbus, who was in a grassy area at the roadside.
Police said the man sustained “non-life threatening injuries,” and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital complaining of a foot injury.
“He was lucky not to be more seriously hurt,” Richardson said.
Houze said the state trooper continued to follow the woman’s SUV as it reached speeds of more than 95 mph eastbound on State Road 46.
The pursuit ended in Hartsville when the driver pulled into a residence on Harrison Street, and then she fled on foot, Houze said.
The state trooper eventually caught the woman and arrested her, Houze said.
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