Emory woman arrested after chase in city
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 18, 2005 -- Police took an 18-year-old into custody Monday night on drunk driving and felony evading arrest charges stemming from a 10 block pursuit of her speeding truck down Gilmer Street late Monday night.

Officer Mark Estes spotted a red GMC Sierra pickup in the 1000 block of Gilmer Street traveling north in the southbound lane at a high rate of speed just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Estes caught up to the vehicle after two blocks, noting in his report that the truck hit the curb several times. The patrolman activated the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle to stop the truck, which initially slowed but then sped up and continued down Gilmer.

The truck jumped the curb and went through the ditch at Hinnant Street before continuing north on Gilmer. The vehicle continued at a speed of approximately 70 miles per hour while traveling the wrong way down Gilmer Street. The truck struck the curb several more times before crashing into a guardrail at the corner of Gilmer and Main streets, according to police reports.

Estes detected alcohol on the driver, Ashley Consuelo Cooksey, and noted in reports the Emory woman exhibited unsteady balance and slurred speech. Cooksey was cooperative but unable to perform field sobriety tests, according to police reports, and was transported at 11:38 p.m. Monday to the county jail by officer J.R. Reyes.

At the county jail,  she refused to perform breath or any other sobriety tests and did not answer any questions when asked by officers. Cooksey was charged with driving while intoxicated and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

Another incident early Tuesday morning resulted in a Helm Lane resident being sedated after damaging the window frame on a police patrol car.

The woman was said to have become violent at her residence and threatened to harm herself while holding a knife. She was placed in a patrol vehicle to await the arrival of Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services. Reports state she tried to kick the window of the patrol car out while police were speaking with witnesses. Paramedics administered a sedative to the woman before transporting her to the hospital for further mental health evaluation.

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