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2/1/06-Smith County

Woman Flees Police In High Speed Chase on I-20

Handcuffed and eyes closed, Tanya Heiple sat in police custody when just moments before a parade of state troopers and other officials chased her along Interstate 20, but she refused to stop. "City of Lindale at the 556 with spikes," says dispatch on the scanners. "At this time I don't know why she was running from us," says DPS Sergeant Richard Brown. The chase started around the Jim Hogg Road exit on I-20. Officials say Heiple continued westbound to about the Van Zandt county line, made a U-turn in a grassy median and fled eastbound on I-20. After spikes were deployed, the chase ended at I-20 and Highway 14. Our cameras were right behind. "She is in custody at this time," says dispatch during the moments of the chase. Police began searching Heiple's red Dodge Stratus, to maybe clue them in on why she wouldn't stop. Taken away was a dog inside the car, along with bottles of prescription drugs. Nothing necessarily criminal. "At this time we have not found anything illegal in the vehicle," says Sergeant Brown. It's making her motive for not stopping a mystery for now. But the 50-year-old was taken away to jail, charged with felony evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

Officials say Heiple told them she had an altercation with officers during another traffic stop. That's why she didn't stop for them today. DPS says they have no evidence of that to be true.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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