"I was going to see how far you would take it: "Woman arrested for OWI after police pursuit

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for OWI early Tuesday morning, February 2nd after leading police on a pursuit.

It all began around 3:25 a.m. when a deputy spotted a vehicle on southbound US 45 at Sherman Road in the Town of Polk. Officials say the operator was driving erratic and traveling 40 m.p.h. in a 70 m.p.h. zone.

When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the operator continued southbound, ignoring the deputy's emergency lights and siren.

During the pursuit, the vehicle reached a top speed of 60 m.p.h. and went as slow at 25 m.p.h.

In an effort to safely stop the vehicle, since driver impairment was suspected, the Washington County Sheriff's Office coordinated with the Germantown Police Department to set up a controlled tire deflation device (spikes) on I-41, just north of STH 167 (Holly Hill Road).

Prior to reaching that point, the vehicle suddenly pulled to the shoulder and stopped on US 45, just north of the I-41 splilt.

The deputy approached the driver and identified her as an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman. She admitted to failing to yield to the emergency vehicle -- as she saw the squad's red and blue lights and heard the siren. When the deputy asked her why she failed to yield, she replied, "I was going to see how far you would take it."

Sheriff's officials say it was also learned during the pursuit that the woman made a phone call to a friend -- asking for advice on what she should do. It is unknown what advice she was given.

The driver was arrested for OWI (first offense) drug related after failing sobriety testing. She was also arrested for misdemeanor eluding where she remains in custody at the Sheriff's Office.