Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rural Baldwin City women taken to hospital after car chase, wreck

March 22, 2012

A rural Baldwin City woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday night after rolling her car during a brief pursuit with police.

Baldwin City police Sgt. Mike Underwood said an officer attempted to stop the vehicle about 10 p.m. because he suspected she was driving under the influence.

She failed to yield and drove away north on Eisenhower Street. Once she drove beyond the city limits the woman lost control of the car on a gravel road rolling the vehicle on East 1750 Road.

Underwood said the pursuit last for fewer than two minutes and did not exceed 40 mph. Officers were able to help the woman get out of the vehicle. She was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. A blood sample was taken and will be forwarded to prosecutors for a decision about formal charges. An LMH spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said DUI and reckless driving were listed as contributing factors to the accident. An accident report identified the driver as Judith Brich, 45. Sheriff’s officers investigated the accident because it occurred in the county.

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