Fairly bizarre putsuit

Tonight about 11:47 p.m., a female driver in a red Nissan Maxima allegedly failed to move over while passing a construction setup on Route 3 south, which prompted a state police lieutenant in an unmarked cruiser to attempt to pull her over.

The female driver of the Nissan did not stop, but continued driving south at just 55 mph, with the unmarked state police cruiser driving behind her with its lights on.

The lieutenant believed the driver just didn’t want to stop for an unmarked car, so he calmly called for a marked unit to come make the stop.

But then the female driver refused to stop for a marked unit when it caught up and tried to pull her over.

She was still only going 55 mph, though.

Once more marked units caught up, they tried to box the woman in, but she “made an evasive maneuver,” according to police radio broadcasts, and prevented cruisers from boxing her in.

A commander at A patrol headquarters in Danvers then ordered all units to just follow the woman and not to box her in again.

The woman continued going 55 mph, and when a marked cruiser pulled up alongside her she yelled that she was going to the Bedford Police station and that she would stop there.

True to her word, the woman got off Route 3 at the Route 62 ramp, which leads to the Bedford Police station.

A state trooper deployed stop sticks on the ramp, but the woman avoided them and continued driving, turning onto Route 62 in the direction of Bedford PD.

She reduced her speed to 30 mph on Route 62.

Moments later, a Bedford Police unit helped state police get the Maxima stopped on Route 62.

The woman, who won’t be booked for about an hour yet, is in custody, charged with failure to stop for police. Police didn’t mention any other charges in radio broadcasts, but violating the move over law would just be a ticket, not a criminal charge.

I don’t believe she ever went over the speed limit, and never really tried to elude police. She just refused to stop. There was no property damage, according to police radio broadcasts.

I’m not really sure I can actually call this a “pursuit.” The entire thing was over before midnight.

8 responses to “Fairly bizarre putsuit

    • There won’t be an update Ann. This woman didn’t do anything that convinces me that I should name her half a day after the fact.

      This might be the first time in my career that I’m glad I cover Massachusetts courts.

    • City Resident…
      I don’t agree with you…as a woman although I am MORE than capable of taking care of myself in most situations, I am not so sure that I would jump to stop that late at night for an unmarked cruiser without calling the police at least to check if it is indeed an unmarked cruiser behind me instead of some yo to playing cop…this compounded by the fact that if she was an older woman which we don’t know, I can’t exacly say if I would have stopped….that being said, once the marked cruiser pulled up? Oh yeah I would have been breakdown lane bound…something else was going on in.this lady’s mind…we probably will never know what it is but I hope it all turns out ok…

      • See and that’s the thing…I think this woman either had some issues going on or she may have been elderly….gimme a hint Rob…do you know even how old she is? I don’t care about her name…just trying to figure in my nurse’s mind what was going on in her head…whether she was ill or just being obstinate…something was happening

      • That first point I agree with 100%…however– marked cruisers, spike strips & a ‘box-in(all of which she eluded while maintaining the speed limit) and she STILL doesn’t stop?

      • Like I said…something was going on inside her head…I agree with you that with multiple cruisers any normal person would have finally stopped and she had enough I wouldn’t exactly say sense, but was lucid enough to avoid the stop sticks…but that is exactly my point….I have a couple of thoughts, but I don’t think we will ever know….an educated guess? This was an elderly woman who lives in Bedford which is why she said she would go to the Bedford police station…then she finally pulled over on 62 for a Bedford cop…I just don’t think a sense of entitlement had anything to do with it, nor do I believe she was arrogant…she may have some medical issue that prevented her from thinking rationally…but like I said, we will probably never know…

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