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Rusk police chase ends in crash

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5:18pm

A police chase in Rusk ended in a crash on Highway 69 around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Rusk Police tell KETK that an officer attempted to pull over a driver for a traffic violation, but the driver refused to stop.

The driver sped through town, running stop signs and almost running over some people crossing the road.

The vehicle then sped down Hwy. 69 toward Alto. Authorities say the driver threw bags out the window during the pursuit.

About 5 miles south of Alto, the driver turned around and sped back to Rusk.

Cherokee County DPS authorities laid out a spike strip to stop the vehicle. The spikes hit a tire, causing the vehicle to wreck into a street sign near Cherokee County Road 1506, just north of Rusk.

A KETK viewer witnessed the chase and wreck scene, and provided us with the video above.

There were no injuries involved.

The driver, Jennifer Cross, of Lousisana, was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Jail.

Authorities tell KETK that she was under the influence of narcotics, and found multiple prescription pill bottles in her vehicle.

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