A woman from North Carolina was arrested Thursday evening in western Iowa following a high-speed chase on westbound Interstate 80. Iowa State Patrol Trooper Tom Clark says the pursuit began near Van Meter at around 7:39 last night and ended near Stuart at around 7:53.
Clark says the car driven by 39-year old Shetwan Bobo passed him at 95-miles an hour. He says the woman did not slow down until she was boxed-in by his vehicle and two Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies.
Clark says once they got her stopped, Bobo remained uncooperative. Trooper Clark says they didn’t know what they had so they approached her at gunpoint and ordered her take the keys out of the ignition and step out of the vehicle.
Instead, the woman locked the doors and held up a bible up in the driver’s window along with her ID. The Trooper finally got the door open and put the vehicle in park before removing the woman from her car. “She refused to speak to us after that,” Clark says.
He says they found out the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office had a run-in with the woman earlier in the day. “She apparently left her vehicle abandoned at a hog confinement…and she began walking through the corn fields and then she ended up at residence nearby on the peoples’ porch, where she demanded food and water and talked about religion,” according to Clark.
“She had obvious mental problems and should not be driving on the roadways.” The woman, who is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was transported to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, where she was charged with eluding and speeding 95 in a 70 mile-an-hour zone.
Clark says she continued to be uncooperative with authorities after being booked into the jail.
By Ric Hansen, KJAN, Atlantic