Woman on ‘bath salts’ crashes into police cars after wild chase
By James Scalzitti Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org August 24, 2011 1:20PM
Updated: November 4, 2011 9:18AM
An Indianapolis woman told police she took “bath salts” a couple hours before getting into an accident before leading police on a wild chase that ended with her crashing several squad cars in the Indiana Dunes State Park. Britni L. Morrison, 29, was arrested at 3:13 p.m. Tuesday, Chesterton police said.
Officers investigating a crash near Indiana 49 and Gateway Boulevard found that Morrison, driving a 1999 Honda Accord, had rear-ended a 2011 Ford Focus, police said.
Morrison left the scene, but officers caught up with her as she drove her damaged car northbound on Indiana 49. She ignored warnings to stop, and swerved at and around pursuing officers, police said. She also slammed on her brakes in an apparent attempt to get pursuing vehicles to strike hers.
The pursuit continued into the state park, where her car struck a large landscaping boulder. Morrison refused to get out of the car, and police could hear loud music playing inside before she abruptly went into reverse and accelerated, police said.
Morrison managed to miss parked squad cars before accelerating into the park, entering a closed parking lot and speeding toward several beach visitor, police said.
When officers tried to block her in with their cars, she rammed squad cars from Chesterton, Burns Harbor and Porter.
When she came to a stop and was removed from the car, she was incoherent, laughing uncontrollably and speaking nonsense, police said. She was taken to Porter Hospital, where she told doctors she had been using “bath salts” about two hours prior to the incident, police said.
When doctors attempted to get a blood sample, she stood up and kicked a hospital staffer before being restrained. She then calmed down and began to laugh hysterically, police said.
She was later taken to the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso, where she remained in custody on numerous charges Wednesday.