Chase Ends With Arrest Of Woman

Driver Crosses Bridge During Wild Pursuit

September 01, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

An Annapolis woman was released from the Queen Anne's County Detention Center Friday morning after leading officers from three police agencies on a wild chase down U.S. 50 and over the Bay Bridge.

Kristin Heather Ricketts Shay, 30, of the 200 block King George Street, wasreleased after posting a $1,000 bond.

She was charged with drunken driving, hit and run and fleeing from police.

The 30-minute car chase began about 9:40 a.m. on Richie Highway near Arnold Road. A man driving down Ritchie Highway called county police from his car phone and said he was following a woman in a Pontiac who appeared to be drunk.

According to the man, the woman hit a car at the intersection of College Parkway and Ritchie Highway. The car was driven by Theresa Sponheimer, 33, of the 8500 block Chris Court in Pasadena, who was not injured, police said.

County police said Shay turned around and began driving south on Ritchie Highway and then turned onto U.S. 50. The witness continued to follow her until county police picked up the chase.

According to police, the woman was driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic and speeding up to 90 mph.

She nearly smashed into a county police car andanother car as she continued through the toll booth without paying, police said.

Toll facilities police took over the chase and followed her over the bridge and into Queen Anne's County.

A toll facilities officer cut the woman off with his car near the exit ramp on Route 8, causing her to slow down and swerve. At the end of the ramp shestopped, and a state trooper blocked the road with his car, county police said.

The woman jumped out of her car, but left it in gear, and the car smashed into the trooper's car.

A toll facilities police officer ran after the woman and caught her. The officer turned thewoman over to state police to be charged.

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