Police: Woman fled from officers with children in car

2013-04-11T17:18:00Z 2013-04-12T00:31:04Z Police: Woman fled from officers with children in carStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 11, 2013 5:18 pm  • 

WESTVILLE | A Westville woman is accused of leading police on a chase with speeds topping 100 mph while intoxicated and with children in the car.

She also caused oncoming drivers to swerve off the road to get out of the way, police said.

Theresa Faatuai, 29, was booked into the LaPorte County Jail on two counts of neglect of a dependent, two counts of operating while intoxicated with a minor under 18 and resisting law enforcement, all Class D felonies.

She was released Wednesday after posting $750 cash bond, according to jail officials.

Deputy Paul Adams responded at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a vehicle parked in front of a residence at 7505 W. Ind. 2 with its headlights on for a half hour, LaPorte County police said.

Upon arrival, Adams said he discovered the car running and the driver asleep with a girl, 6, and boy, 3, in the backseat also sleeping.

An open bottle of rum and can of beer in the vehicle also were in plain view, said police.

It took several attempts to wake up the woman, who told the officer several times to “leave her alone and to get out of her car,” police said.

Police said the woman put the car in drive and fled westbound on the state highway.

Adams got back into his police vehicle and gave chase topping 100 mph as they rounded a curve at Wozniak Road with the fleeing driver traveling in the opposite lane.

She was veering from lane to lane but mostly stayed on the opposite side of the center line, running two oncoming vehicles off the road at 900 West, police said.

The pursuit remained at high speeds as it proceeded across U.S. 421 and continued west on 300 South where the driver stopped in the middle of the road, said police.

According to police, Adams had to physically pull the woman, who was gripping the steering wheel, out of the vehicle and she refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.

Arrangements were made with a relative of the woman to take the children, police said.

Police said a copy of the report was submitted to Child Protective Services for review.

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