Woman leads police on high-speed chase in Gainesville

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- Gainesville Police Chief Steven Fleming says a traffic stop Friday morning at the Whataburger in the 11000 block of Highway 82 East turned into a high speed chase.

Gainesville Police were led on a high speed chase early Friday morning that they say endangered many people. The chase started at approximately 4:30 Friday morning at the Whataburger restaurant on U.S. 82.

Police stopped Mary Stockwell for a faulty light on her license plate. They say Stockwell was acting nervous and strange and was complaining about having diarrhea.

The suspect used the bathroom, returned to her car, and then fled the scene while an officer was getting equipment out of his car.

The chase ran along northbound Interstate 35 all the way into Oklahoma before ending back in Texas. The suspect was taken into custody in the 1400 block of Olive Street in Gainesville.

Police say the chase reached 100 miles per hour and that stock well hit at least four different police units with her car.

"She not only endangered herself, she endangered the citizens of this community, she endangered the lives of the officers that were attempting to stop her," interim Gainesville Police Chief Steven Fleming said.

Plus, she barely missed hitting one officer and tried to run down a police sergeant.

"We were very fortunate in this situation that none of our officers were injured and we got out with minor damage to our patrol cars."

The suspect is now custody charged with driving while intoxicated, evading arrest, and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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