A woman in a stolen police car crashed the patrol vehicle as she fled from police along Highway 69 near the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center. The incident ended with her arrest just after 2 p.m. Friday.
Beaumont Police Department spokesperson Officer Carol Riley told 12News that events began around 1:31 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Fulton Avenue. Two officers arrived at different times.
The disturbance was between a mother and daughter.
Officer Riley said the daughter is a 21-year-old mentally ill female that was off her medication and out of control. One of the officers was trying to get information about the disturbance and calm everyone down. The daughter was near patrol unit 1497 and tried to open the door. The patrol car doors were locked, but a window was cracked. She was able to get her arm in the opening and unlock the door. An officer struggled with her in an attempt to keep her from taking the patrol unit, but she was able to get in and drive away.
The officer was dragged down the road a short way while trying to stop her.
The female drove throughout the south end of Beaumont at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued her until she crashed the patrol unit in the 5300 block of HWY 69 S. near the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center.
The patrol car ended up in a ditch and struck a utility pole.
The woman continued to fight with officers after she crashed the car, but was eventually taken into custody.
The officer had minor injuries and refused treatment. The female suspect had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital by EMS to be evaluated.