Streetsboro: Police pursue wrong-way driver on I-480

6:57 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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STREETSBORO --  Streetsboro police officers catch an I-480 wrongway driver who reached speeds of 80 mph eastbound in the westbound lanes in a black 2007 Lincoln.

Just after 3 a.m. Saturday, Streetsboro police received a call that a car was heading eastbound on I-480 in the westbound lanes, heading toward Streetsboro.

Two Streetsboro police officers responded to the area and found the Lincoln about a half-mile into Hudson on I-480. The officers turned on their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

The driver did not stop.

Officers pursued the Lincoln into Streetsboro and onto State Rte 14. where I-480 ends.

The pursuit was brought to an end on State Ret 14 near Shady Lake Drive when a Streetsboro cruiser pulled in front of the Lincoln and slowly brought the Lincoln to a stop.

Poliec say Ashley Stewart, 24, of Columbiana, Ohio, was the driver and only occupant of the Lincoln.

She was arrested and charged with failure to comply with the signal of a police officer -- a third degree felony -- and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Police say she refused to give a breath sample when asked.

Police noted that a Summit County Sheriff's deputy also assisted and his vehicle sustained minor damage when Stewart was removed from her car and it rolled into the deputy's car.


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