A Minnesota woman trying to outrun the cops after allegedly blowing a stop sign got mired in concrete after barreling through a barricade and into the swath of the still-sodden street, police said.
The 53-year-old Rochester woman, whom police did not name, made it 150 feet into the freshly poured concrete before succumbing to the quagmire, causing $30,000 to $40,000 in damage.
Numerous complaints had been filed about the woman, who was reportedly wont to drive around town, shrieking about religion through a bullhorn. In fact, cops had tried to flag her down about an hour earlier, reported KAAL-TV. She apparently kept going, running multiple red lights, and another cop tried to stop her at about 5:30, KAAL said.
When that officer activated lights and sirens, the woman allegedly yelled into her mouthpiece, “Oh, look! I’m getting pulled over,” Rochester Police Department Crime Prevention & Communications Coordinator Amanda Grayson told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
The woman then turned in the face of oncoming traffic “and accelerated at a high rate of speed, attempting to flee,” the cops said.
The officer stood down, since they are under orders not to pursue unless the person being sought is driving recklessly enough to threaten health and life, Forum News reported. As it happened, all the officer had to do was wait.
“She bottomed right out,” said Robert CeManko, of Chippewa Concrete, who told the outlet he had just laid that cement. “She tried spinning her tires to keep going, but she just couldn’t.”
The woman then hollered and refused to get out of the car as she was being arrested, CeManko said. The car was yanked from the hardening cement and towed 15 to 20 minutes later, he said.
She was charged with two counts fleeing police in a motor vehicle, one count of first-degree damage to property, and having no insurance, Forum News said. She was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, KTTC-TV reported.
CeManko spent the next couple of hours re-laying the cement.