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Police chase leads to boat basin crash

Courtney Astolfi • Nov 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

A drunken driver refused to stop for police and crashed into the Huron Boat Basin Saturday evening, causing significant damage to the property, according to a Huron police report.

Teresa Anderson, 44, of Bellefontaine, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, fleeing a police officer and driving left of center, as well as receiving citations for seat belt and head light violations.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., a driver following behind Anderson’s vehicle tipped off police to her possible intoxicated state, according to the report.

Officers spotted Anderson’s vehicle a few minutes later, headed east on Cleveland Road. As the vehicle approached an officer’s cruiser near Huronia Beach Drive, it traveled left of center and almost struck the cruiser, the report said.

The officer caught up to the vehicle and activated his cruiser’s lights and sirens near Jim Campbell Boulevard. Anderson’s vehicle continued east at about 30 mph, however, fleeing police and swerving out of the lane several times, the report said. Her vehicle almost struck multiple vehicles that had pulled over for the cruiser’s sirens.

When the vehicle reached the curve at Cleveland Road and Main Street, it spun out of control and tore through the boat basin’s property, destroying grass, landscaping, a lamp pole, curbs, lighting and sidewalks, the report said.

The vehicle finally came to rest after striking a set of stairs and a retention wall.

The force of the impact disoriented Anderson, who was later transferred to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment, the report said. She refused to take sobriety tests, although officers noted a strong odor of alcohol on her. In her vehicle they found cans of Coors Light in a cooler.

Anderson was released on her own recognizance following her stay at the hospital, the report said.

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