By CLINT FOSTER
One Mineral Wells woman took a free ride to Palo Pinto County Jail last week after making some possibly questionable decisions behind the wheel.
According to the Mineral Wells Police Department, Christail Withers, 37, was “driving erratically” in the area around S.E. 18th Street and S.E. 14th Avenue, just before 3 a.m. on Sept. 4. A police officer saw her, turned on his lights and siren and tried to catch up to Withers, but lost sight of her Ford sedan, a MWPD spokesperson said.
Another unit found Withers driving around South Oak Avenue and 15th Street and picked up the pursuit. MWPD said after she drove approximately six or seven blocks with police on her tail, Withers pulled into a driveway where she was arrested for reckless driving and evading arrest with a vehicle.
This is not the first time Withers has gotten in trouble with her motor running, according to MWPD.
A police spokesperson said that on Sept. 1, 2003, at approximately 4:20 p.m., an officer was talking to a man at his home in the 2400 block of N.E. 4th Street when the two saw a black Chevrolet pickup barreling toward them. The driver, Withers, reportedly lost control and slid off the road into a drainage ditch and drove up into a vacant lot.
According to MWPD, when the officer went to investigate, he found Withers doing donuts in her pickup and throwing up a large amount of dust and dirt.
Police report the officer flashed his emergency lights to signal Withers to stop. Instead, Withers rammed the officer’s patrol car, head on, and began driving it backwards. Police said Withers backed up and continued to ram the patrol car three times before she got out of her pickup and walked to the officer’s drivers side door.
The officer reportedly struggled to open his crunched-in door, but he managed to get out and tried to apprehend Withers.
Withers was covered in sweat by this time, so when the officer grabbed her arm, she slid right out of his grasp and leapt through the passenger’s side window of her pickup and drove away. The officer had to get behind is patrol car to get out of the way.
After this 2003 incident, police said Withers was stopped by another unit and arrested.
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