A death-defying chase in the Cleveland area left police cruisers smashed, other drivers at risk and a woman facing a slew of charges all because she said she was late for work, according to police.
It started last Friday when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle on I-77 northbound for illegal window tinting, but the driver, later identified as Imani Edwards, took off.
After a chase on the highway, troopers and other police boxed the vehicle in and were out of their cruisers with guns drawn when Edwards decided to speed off again, narrowly missing an officer standing on the road.
Edwards smashed into a Newburgh Heights cruiser and then into the back of a state trooper’s vehicle, which was pushed into another Newburgh Heights cruiser, during the chase. Even that didn’t stop her, police say Edwards took off again at high speeds.
She finally exited the highway at I-490/East 55th and headed north on 55th Street, weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds through the Cleveland Clinic campus.
Officers and troopers maneuvered their vehicles around Edwards, forcing her to a stop on East 105th Street. Officers say Edwards told them she ran because she was late for work.
There were no injuries to police or innocent bystanders.
Edwards is charged with felony assault and fleeing. She also was cited for no seat belt, driving under suspension and illegal window tinting.