High-speed chase ends in woman being tased
WADENA - At 9:26 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, Verndale Police Officer Cory Carr received a driving complaint of a white Oldsmobile Cutlass that ran a red light at the intersection of U.S. Highways 10 and 71 in the city of Wadena, nearly hitting another vehicle at a very high rate of speed.
As Carr proceeded west on U.S. 10, he met the suspect vehicle going eastbound at 90 miles per hour, locking it in on radar. Carr got behind the suspect vehicle and activated his lights and sirens. The suspect refused to stop and pursuit was radioed into dispatch. During the pursuit the suspects reached speeds up to 95 mph.
Carr observed the suspect crossing from lane to lane numerous times during the pursuit. At one time the suspect almost hit another vehicle that was pulled over to the shoulder of the road, Carr said.
He pursued the suspect vehicle into Motley where the driver attempted to turn west onto Minnesota Highway 210 at a very high rate of speed. The driver lost control of her vehicle and ended up going down a steep ditch embankment and came to a rest in swamp area. The driver while exiting the vehicle refused to listen to verbal commands and was tased.
The driver was identified as Janet Lee Chasteen, 50, from Arkansas.
Chasteen is being charged with felony fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle. Staples police, Motley police, Minnesota DNR and Wadena County Sheriff's Office assisted Verndale Police with the pursuit. Chasteen is currently being held in the Wadena County Jail on $30,000 bond or $30,000 cash bail.