Woman Leads East Texas Authorities on a High Speed Chase

36 year old Nancy Hays was wanted on a state prison warrant, but the pursuit actually began when police caught  Hays speeding Thursday afternoon.

The troopers who tailed her at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, say it's a miracle no one was hurt.

The chase started just south of Chandler on FM 315. The woman then raced to Athens all the way to Tyler on Highway 31. At one point, the speeding red car went through the heart of downtown Tyler before finally wrecking on highway 64 east of Arp.

"They was going fast," says crossing guard and witness Horace Cook. "Fast!"

Troopers followed behind 120 miles an hour at times just to keep up with the driver of the speeding red Acura.

Inside, Nancy Hays, a woman troopers say was desperate to escape.

"We determined she had a blue warrant out on her for outstanding parole warrant for TDC," says trooper Chad Sparkman. "She knew she had that. That was the reason she was running."

Running all the way from Henderson County through Smith to Rusk County. Crossing guard, Horace Cook was just a few minutes from walking school kids across the street when the chase blew by him.

"If it had been during school time, I might have been in the middle of the road when she came over that little hill right up there," says crossing guard, Horace Cook.

Eventually, Hays' high speed got the best of her on Highway 64.

"There was like 20 police cars behind her then there was a break," says a witness.

Troopers say Hays tried to avoid spikes police had laid in the road to puncture her tires and that's when she crashed. But not before she allegedly sideswiped a trooper's car and contributed to another wreck on Highway 64.

"I was trying to kill myself," cried the suspect, Nancy Hays.

Troopers aren't sure if Hays really intended to harm herself, however, they say they did recover a used syringe from her car.

"She admitted to using cocaine and a drug called ice since last night," says Trooper Sparkman. "She's pretty well under the influence of those drugs."

And that's the only explanation authorities could give for Hays' erratic drive across East Texas that put innocent lives on the line.