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Woman arrested after Grantsville Police say she attempted to hit pedestrian, then fled from officers at 120 mph

Woman arrested after Grantsville Police say she attempted to hit pedestrian, then fled from officers at 120 mph
Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 13:41:58-04

GRANTSVILLE, Utah — A woman was arrested for DUI and a slew of other charges after police said she nearly hit a pedestrian while driving a stolen car and then led police on a high-speed pursuit.

Grantsville Police stated officers were called to the Walmart Distribution Center shortly before 2 p.m. after a driver “attempted to hit a pedestrian” and then left the scene.

That driver, later identified as Wendianne Crystal Howk, was located on Ellerbeck Road near I-80, and police observed her driving recklessly and attempted a traffic stop. Howk fled, accelerating to up to 120 mph in her attempt to evade officers.

Police ultimately used a PIT maneuver to disable the car as the woman attempted to enter I-80 at exit 84.

One officer suffered a minor injury to his arms after the airbag deployed during the PIT maneuver. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Police arrested the driver and said they found drug paraphernalia in the car, which had been reported stolen. A dog belonging to the vehicle owner was also found in the car.

Howk failed a field sobriety test, police wrote.

Grantsville Police said she faces charges that include: felony theft, DUI, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated assault.