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Drinking and driving isn't funny. Unless, it seems, you're the 22-year-old suspect behind a recent string of bizarre roadway events in Spokane.
Spokane Police describe the event in a news release:
Today [April 19], just before 5 PM, Officer Joe Pence saw a vehicle driving dangerously near Illinois/Perry. The driver was driving at high speeds even without officers chasing her, (50-60 miles per hour) and in the next four minutes ran several stop signs and stop lights, through several neighborhoods, endangering countless people. Due to the extreme danger she was placing on the public, officers began pursuing and were able to stop the vehicle near 2nd/Hamilton on the Keefe bridge only after forcing her vehicle off the road with a patrol car. Officers took Breanna L. Stead, 22 years old, (6/29/1991) into custody and booked her into jail for Attempting to Elude officers. It is unknown at this time why she chose to endanger the public in this way.
"When the officers were chasing her, they could see her laughing in the rearview mirror," Sgt. Zac Storment tells the Spokesman Review. "We are really lucky it was Sunday."
While the official police statement notes that it's unknown at this time why Stead "chose to endanger the public in this way," as the Spokesman-Review points out, it could have had something to do with her beverage of choice.
From the Spokesman-Review account:
The chase ended when the pursuing officers forced the Breeze into the concrete barrier near the Second Avenue exit on the Keefe bridge near the on-ramps to Interstate 90. She was arrested without incident and was not injured.
"She kept laughing even after the crash ... and drinking from her Twisted Tea," Storment said. "She kept laughing until they pulled her out of the car."
Officers found that she hadn't spilled a drop of her second 24-ounce can of Twisted Tea and booked her into jail on a felony charge of attempting to elude a police officer.
Unfortunately for Stead, keeping a steady hand on your alcoholic beverage while running from police doesn't really earn you any cool points.