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Warren woman charged in chase

Pursuit occurs on Route 11; two officers slapped, kicked

AUSTINTOWN — A woman facing two charges of assault on a peace officer as well as charges of failure to comply and resisting arrest is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on state Route 11 while intoxicated early Tuesday.

Pamela S. Yeager, 59, 3302 Mae Drive SW, Warren, is accused of fleeing from police, and then slapping an officer and kicking another while resisting arrest.

Police tried to stop Yeager after a man who had been in her car pressed the Mercedes-Benz emergency button and informed dispatchers she was intoxicated and attempting to drive, according to a police report.

Police caught up to Yeager’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE around 3 a.m. at Westchester Drive and Mahoning Avenue and attempted to stop her, but she continued onto Route 11 northbound. Yeager ignored the officers’ lights and sirens until she stopped on the Interstate 80 westbound ramp, according to the report.

Yeager refused to get out of her car and eventually started her vehicle and fled, with the pursuing officer reaching 120 mph as he tried to catch her, the report states. An officer positioned down the road used a tire deflating device on Yeager’s car, but she continued for two miles before coming to a stop near North Turner Road. Her front tires were flat, and an officer deflated a rear tire with a knife.

When Yeager again refused to comply, an officer cut her seat belt in order to get her out of the car. While the officer was trying to cut the lower belt, Yeager slapped him in the head, the report states. A short struggle ensued, during which officers took Yeager into custody.

She kicked another officer in the chest while she was being placed in the back of the police cruiser, according to the report. Yeager was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

She is being held at the Mahoning County jail. According to jail records, both assault charges carry a $4,000 bond, while the failure to comply and resisting arrest charges carry $1,250 and $1,000 bonds, respectively.

avugrincic@tribtoday.com

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