Eureka Police arrested a 47-year-old St. Charles woman for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and fleeing from police. A police chase began at the Moto Mart gas station, 5695 Fox Creek Road, in Eureka, and the woman was stopped a short time later on I-44, police reported.
The incident began about 7:40 p.m. Oct. 22 after an employee at the gas station called police and reported that the woman was there and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. An officer responded and spotted the woman, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2004 Kia Sedona with Illinois license plates, parked at the gas pumps, the report said.
The officer approached the vehicle and instructed the woman to roll down the window, but she reportedly refused and drove away. The officer got into his cruiser and followed the woman, who got onto Fox Creek Road before turning onto southbound Six Flags Road, where she allegedly swerved between lanes, before turning onto westbound I-44, according to the report.
The officer followed the van onto the interstate and turned on his cruiser’s lights and sirens, but the woman allegedly did not stop, and the officers continued to pursue the van, allegedly going between speeds of 40 and 86 mph, the report said.
The officer contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol and asked for a trooper to use spike strips to stop the van. A trooper set out a strip on the interstate at the 247-mile marker. The van drove over the spikes, puncturing the tires, and the woman stopped the van shortly thereafter, Eureka Police reported.
When the officer arrested the woman, she allegedly said, “The water was poison and so were the trees.” She also allegedly told the officer she had a medical marijuana card and smoked marijuana the day before. However, the woman did not have the card to show the officer, the report said.
When the officer searched the van, he allegedly found a bag and a container filled with green, leafy substances, as well as a blue smoking pipe in a handbag. The woman allegedly said marijuana is legal in Illinois, and she was driving to Arkansas, according to the report.
The woman was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, and Eureka Police issued her summonses to appear in Eureka Municipal Court for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, improper lane usage and, depending on results of the drug analysis, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, Lt. Michael Werges said.