Vancouver woman jailed after chase in motor home
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A Vancouver woman was in the Cowlitz County Jail on Tuesday night after she allegedly, for no apparent reason, drove a motor home on a 40-mile pursuit on Interstate 5 — from La Center to the Toutle rest area.
Amy Renee Mason was being held on $15,000 bail for alleged attempting to elude police, a felony; hit-and-run driving; reckless driving; and driving without a valid license, according to a report from The Daily News of Longview and the Washington State Patrol.
On Monday night, Mason allegedly headed north without any lights at speeds up to 86 mph, using all three lanes in light traffic, authorities said. In Kelso, the 27-foot motor home allegedly hit a Ford Bronco, whose driver wasn’t reported injured, and kept rolling up the freeway.
Kelso and Castle Rock police and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office deputies deflated a tire with spike strips and the motor home finally stopped.
Police say Mason jumped out of the motor home and ran into the freeway toward oncoming traffic, with Trooper Marcus Hoggatt yelling for her to stop. She was caught unhurt after a short foot chase.
The Daily News reported that Mason said she was trying to get away from people who were chasing her, but didn’t know who they were.
An address was not available for Mason, but a WSP spokesman said she is from Vancouver.