Cops: Woman jailed after fifth local operating while intoxicated arrest

2012-11-25T18:15:00Z 2012-11-26T12:37:03Z Cops: Woman jailed after fifth local operating while intoxicated arrestLindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A Chicago woman was arrested on six felony offenses after nearly hitting emergency crews on Interstate 80/94 on Saturday, police said.

Ayesha M. Crawford was taken into custody by Indiana State Police troopers after she allegedly drove an SUV over part of a flatbed truck to avoid police with three children with her while allegedly intoxicated, according to an ISP news release.

This was her fifth operating while intoxicated arrest in Lake County since August 2010, according to Lake County court records.

Police said a 2008 GMC Yukon approached the fire scene at a high rate of speed as they were responding with emergency officials to a semitrailer on fire on eastbound I-80/94 near the Central Avenue exit.

Two lanes were blocked off and the driver of the Yukon, who officials later identified as Crawford, slammed on the brakes to avoid colliding with an ISP trooper's car, police said.

She tried to leave the area when the trooper attempted to stop her, the release states.

As she tried to pull off one of her tires began to drive up the back of a flatbed trailer that had the ramp down, police said.

When she realized she was heading up the ramp, she jerked the car in the opposite direction and came to a stop. At that point, police began to question her.

When police were able to get Crawford out of the vehicle, they found three children ages 5, 6 and 10 inside the vehicle.

Crawford refused to take sobriety tests at the scene, police said.

Crawford was taken into police custody and charged with six felonies, including operating while intoxicated with passengers less than 18 years old and being a habitual traffic offender.

She also had four active failure to appear warrants, two are considered Class D felonies and two are Class A misdemeanor warrants, according to court records.

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