At the scene of a domestic disturbance, a troubled young woman was able to drive off in an unsecured police car and later crashed it on Highway 69, the Beaumont Police Department said in a press release Friday. She and an officer suffered minor injuries.
Officers responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Fulton on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at 1:31 p.m. Two officers arrived on scene at different times. The disturbance was between a mother and daughter. The daughter, a mentally ill 21-year-old, was off her medication and out of control, according to the BPD press release.
While the second officer to arrive was trying to get information about the disturbance and calm everyone down, the daughter was near patrol unit 1497 and tried to open the door. The patrol car doors were locked, but a window was cracked, the press release says. She was able to get her arm in the opening and unlock the door. An officer struggled with her in an attempt to keep her from taking the patrol unit and was dragged down the road a short way.
The woman drove throughout the south end of Beaumont at a high rate of speed, the press release said. Officers pursued her until she crashed the patrol unit in a ditch in the 5300 block of Highway 69 S. at the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Detention Center and struck a utility pole. According to BPD, she continued to fight with officers after she crashed the car and was taken in to custody.
The officer had minor injuries and refused treatment. The female suspect also had minor injuries and was transported to a hospital by EMS to be evaluated.
The BPD Traffic Division was still on scene investigating as of 3:30 p.m., the time of this press release. No charges had been filed, and no one else was injured.