(MCT) — A Chicago woman was drunk when she skidded her SUV to a stop on the Borman Expressway late Saturday to avoid hitting police and fire vehicles, then drove onto and off the side of a tow truck, police said today.
Neither Ayesha M. Crawford, 32, nor the three children ages 5, 6 and 10, who were in her black 2008 GMC Yukon with her, were injured in the accident just before 11 p.m. on Interstate 80 near Interstate 65, according to a release from Indiana State Police. Crawford is being held in the Lake County, Ind., jail, on several drunken-driving related charges.
Two of the children were Crawford's and one was a cousin of hers, police said.
Indiana State troopers were helping direct traffic at the scene of a truck fire on Interstate 80 just before 11 p.m., with emergency lights activated on both the troopers' cars and the fire trucks, said Indiana State Police Lafayette Post Sgt. Kim Riley, in a news release. Crawford came upon the scene, driving east at high speed, then screeched to a halt, locking up her brakes and coming "to an uncontrollable stop" between a state police corporal's squad car and another vehicle.
When the state police corporal tried to stop Crawford, she drove onto the lowered ramp of a flatbed tow truck, then drove the SUV off the side of the trucker. The corporal was then able to stop Crawford.
Crawford appeared to be drunk and was arrested after she refused to submit to a drunk-driving related examination, according to the news release. Crawford was charged with felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated with passengers under age 18 and felony child neglect, among other charges.
Police also discovered Crawford, who records show also has lived in Gary in recent years, was wanted on several DUI-related warrants in Lake County, Ind. Court information for Crawford was not immediately available.