Jennifer Winklebleck's mug shot from Thursday night's arrest. // Photo: Washington County Jail
Deputies say the suspect drove 27 miles on three tires. // Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office
A previous mug shot of chase suspect Jennifer Winklebleck. // Photo: Washington County Jail
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -
A Beaverton woman drove 27 miles on only three tires during a police chase down Highway 26 late Thursday night, sheriff's deputies said.
A Washington County sheriff's deputy reported seeing a 1999 Volkswagen driving erratically, getting very close to other cars and making abrupt turns and stops for no reason around 9 p.m.
Concerned that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the deputy tried to pull over the car to investigate.
The driver, who deputies later identified as 43-year-old Jennifer Winklebleck, stopped at Hocken Avenue and Milikan Way, but then suddenly sped off.
She drove north to Highway 26 and then headed west as deputies chased her.
Another deputy laid down spike strips and flattened the Volkswagen's left front tire as the car neared Brookwood Avenue.
Winklebleck continued driving - for 27 miles - as her tire and wheel began to disintegrate. Her car then started to leak fluids and emit sparks from the suspension and undercarriage.
Deputies said they were worried Winklebleck would injure someone if her car wasn't stopped, so they performed a PIT maneuver and spun the Volkswagen around to stop its progress as it was going 30 mph in the eastbound lanes.
Once her car was spun around, Winklebleck hit the gas and accelerated head-on into a deputy's patrol car, causing minor damage.
Her car finally came to a stop and deputies arrested her as flames emerged from under the car's hood.
Fire extinguishers were used to put out the fire.
No one was injured in the wreck.
Deputies said Winklebleck wasn't drunk, and it wasn't immediately clear what caused her to drive in a reckless manner.
She was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of attempting to elude, second-degree attempted assault, reckless driving, reckless endangering, attempted assault on a police officer and criminal mischief.
She's being held on $40,000 bail.
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