Police: Driver on bath salts rams police cars

2011-08-24T12:28:00Z 2011-08-25T09:20:06Z Police: Driver on bath salts rams police carsBy John Scheibel john.scheibel@nwi.com, (219) 548-4358 nwitimes.com

CHESTERTON | A woman who had taken bath salts was involved in a hit-and-run accident, hit a large landscape boulder at the Dunes State Park, and rammed several police cars as they tried to keep her from running into people at the park, police said.

Chesterton police were called to an accident at 3:13 p.m. Tuesday on Ind. 49 at Gateway Boulevard.

Police said Britni Morrison, 29, of Indianapolis, rear-ended another vehicle and left the scene of the accident. Police reported minor injuries to the other driver.

Police quickly located Morrison, who was northbound on Ind. 49. Police said she weaved in and out of traffic and would not stop for police. She drove into Indiana Dunes State Park, where she reportedly hit a large boulder.

Her car stopped, and police said they tried to get her to get out of her car, but instead she put her car in reverse and accelerated, causing the officers stationed near their cars to quickly move out of the way.

Morrison then drove into a parking lot that was closed for construction. There were no cars in the lot, but several beach visitors were standing near the corner of the lot.

Police said Morrison drove at the beachgoers, but officers were able to block the path of Morrison's car with a squad car.

Police then surrounded her car with police cars. Morrison rammed the cars, damaging squads from Chesterton, Burns Harbor and Porter, police said.

Police said she was incoherent, laughing uncontrollably and speaking nonsense.

She was taken to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, where she told police she had taken so-called bath salts about two hours before the incident.

Police said Morrison kicked hospital workers as they attempted to draw blood for a test ordered by a judge.

Morrison was charged with operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal recklessness and battery.

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