An Ohio woman led state troopers on a high-speed chase that left several police cars smashed and put hundreds of lives in danger — all because she didn’t want to be late to work.
The dramatic pursuit began Tuesday morning after Imani Edwards refused to pull over for a routine traffic stop on Interstate 77, police say. After officers from other law enforcement agencies joined the chase, Edwards pulled over and stopped. But when officers got out of their vehicles and drew their guns, she took off again, crashing into a Newburgh Heights cruiser and ramming an Ohio State Trooper vehicle, which in turn hit another Newburgh Heights cruiser.
The chase continued as Edwards exited the highway and weaved in and out of traffic “at high speeds,” the police report states. At one point a trooper rammed her from behind, causing her to crash into a utility pole, but she took off again. Edwards then led police through a residential neighborhood, blowing through stop signs and running red lights, police said. Finally, another cop rammed her again, causing her to strike another utility pole. That did the trick. With her vehicle disabled, Edwards was arrested.
Before she was booked and charged with felonious assault and failure to comply, Edwards told police she’d led them on the chase because she was afraid of being late to work.