HAUSER – A woman accused of towing a Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy this week is on bail for $ 200,000.
Melinda M. Smith, 48, of Waitts Lake, Washington, charged with escaping, insulting an officer, and double assault, all crimes.
She is also charged with resisting an officer and driving recklessly four times, all offenses.
MPs responded to a report at around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday that a woman later identified as Smith slumped in the driver’s seat of a car parked in the middle of an intersection.
Smith reportedly told MPs she stopped in the middle of the street because of shoulder pain.
She was released from the scene after medical staff found she did not need treatment.
The police said her driving style was unpredictable and she soon stopped.
When an MP contacted her again, Smith reportedly ran away.
Smith’s car dragged the deputy more than 15 meters before he let go of the driver’s side window and hurried back to his own vehicle, reports say.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies say they chased Smith at speeds over 70 mph.
Smith drove into the boat control station on Highway 53 at high speed, where she was reportedly detained with the assistance of a Spokane County deputy sheriff.
Smith is said to have rammed several patrol cars in an attempt to escape.
Kootenai County Sheriff Bob Norris told The Press that the unidentified MP was treated for minor injuries at Kootenai Health and was released the same day.
Judge Mayli Walsh on Thursday ordered Smith held on bail of $ 200,000.
If Smith leaves bail, she will still be ordered not to drive.
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