PDT Staff Writer
Chillicothe police had a few anxious moments early Friday morning when a woman reportedly attempting to elude them crashed her vehicle into an apartment complex.
Kristina Pickell, 35, of 24885 East Fork Rd., Laurelville, Ohio, now faces charges of fleeing and eluding, fourth degree felony; operating a vehicle under the influence, a first degree misdemeanor; obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor, and other traffic-related charges.
Around 12:22 a.m., Friday, Chillicothe Police Officer Micah Shanks attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Mary Lou Patten Park on Douglas Avenue for a traffic violation. He said the vehicle failed to stop and began attempting to elude the officer, entering several alleys in the east end of Chillicothe and was driving extremely erratically.
Pickell, the driver of the vehicle, reportedly lost control of the vehicle in an alley in the 900 block of Dayton Street and struck an apartment. The apartment was vacant at the time, but the crash did cause minor structural damage to the building.
To make matters worse, as officers were approaching the vehicle, police said the driver was holding a sharp object to her neck threatening to take her life. Officers had to break out the driver’s side window of the vehicle and were able to subdue Pickell with no injuries to her or the officers.
Officers said items found on Pickell indicate that she may have been under the influence of an illegal drug and she admitted to consuming alcohol prior to this incident occurring. Additional charges are pending the results of a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) chemical analysis.
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