Suspected drunk driver leads officers on chase along Valley freeways

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Officers from several law enforcement agencies pursued a suspected drunk driver for miles along Valley freeways Monday night.

The chase lasted close to an hour and covered almost 50 miles. It finally ended just before 10 p.m.

Officers began following the 47-year-old woman around 9 p.m. near Interstate 10 and Seventh Street. They tried to pull her over, but the woman reportedly refused to stop, and the pursuit began.

The woman continue to drive at speeds reaching 75 miles an hour, headed toward Tucson. She was reportedly swerving all over the road.

Department of Public Safety officers threw down spikes on the road, but the driver managed to avoid them the first time. Further attempts were successful. The spikes punctured her tires and the woman finally stopped on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

Officers reportedly had to break the window of the car to get her out of the vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital and has not been booked into jail at this time.

Officials have released this statement about the incident:

"Phoenix PD started the pursuit on I-10 eastbound at 7th Street. We took over on I-10 E/B at 48th Street.  We got the vehicle stopped at milepost 194 and arrested one female suspect. I cannot confirm her condition nor the reason she fled."

-- AZ DPS Duty Office