PCSO: Woman admits snorting bath salts prior to pursuit

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Tamara Lee Hall By Jennifer Thomas Tamara Lee Hall By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- A woman who led Pinal County authorities on a pursuit Saturday admitted to snorting bath salts.

A PCSO deputy on patrol in the area of Camino Adelante and Picacho Peak Road observed a blue Nissan Altima traveling westbound in front of his patrol vehicle without a license plate.

The deputy saw the female driver stop in the middle of the road then reverse eastbound before continuing westbound behind the deputy, according to sheriff's spokesman Elias Johnson.

The deputy recognized the driver from previous contacts. She was identified as Tamara Lee Hall, 43, of Arizona City.

After Hall stopped again, the deputy contacted her and asked if everything was all right. Hall reportedly replied, "They were going to kill me."

Based on her behavior and comments, the deputy believed Hall was under the influence of a substance.

The deputy ordered Hall to turn off the vehicle and attempted to open her door, but she reversed her car and fled the scene. The deputy then pursued Hall's vehicle.

During the 30-minutes pursuit, Hall swerved into both lanes of traffic and frequently left the roadway altogether, according to Johnson. She also could be seen waving her arms outside the window and honked the vehicle's horn.

As a secondary PCSO unit arrived, Hall completely left the roadway and turned onto a dirt road next to a moving train then reversed and headed directly toward the secondary unit.

The support deputy deployed stop sticks, but Hall slammed on her brakes and came to a stop just short of running over them. The primary deputy approached Hall's window and sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. Hall drove her vehicle forward, over the stop sticks, deflating her right front tire. Hall then pulled to a stop and exited her vehicle. She was placed under arrest.

Johnson said Hall admitted snorting bath salts prior to the incident. She was transported to Casa Grande Medical Center for treatment.

Hall is in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center facing charges of driving while impaired by a drug, felony flight, as well as a previous warrant for failure to appear.