With her 12-year-old son begging her stop, a Portsmouth woman on Sunday led city police on a 22-mile chase on U.S. 52 when speeds reached nearly 120 mph, according to a police report.
Jamie L. Jackson, 43, of 711 Swauger Valley Road, was charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, driving with a suspended license and fictitious registration and two counts of endangering children.
On the report, Officer Michael Hamilton said Jackson sat through a green light in a grayish Buick Riviera at Robinson and Grandview avenues around 1:30 a.m. earlySunday morning
After he tried to pull her over, Jackson is accused of speeding eastbound on U.S. 52, running several red lights as other vehicles got out of the way.
The car almost crashed at the Waller Street overpass while speeding through moderate holiday weekend traffic.
Hamilton said Jackson ran through the red light in New Boston by Wal-Mart at 100 mph.
Her son, Brandon Jackson, and nephew, Anthony Jackson, 12, were passengers in the car.
Jackson slowed down enough to let the boys jump out near the 1700 block of 11th Street, Hamilton said. However, the car did not fully stop.
“The actions of the suspect placed these two children at a substantial risk and serious risk of physical harm,” Hamilton wrote in his report.
The pursuit, in which the Scioto County Sheriff's Office joined, finally ended near the Lawrence/Scioto county line when flames and smoke shot out from the car as it stopped.
Hamilton then broke a window in arresting Jackson and asked her why she initiated the chase.
“I hate jail and I am already going to jail for running from the police,” she said. “I have a warrant out for me now because I ran from the police in a vehicle.”
Even though the chase had some wild moments, there were no injuries.
“The actions of the suspect also placed the whole community at a substantial and serious risk of substantial harm,” Hamilton wrote. “But luckily, nobody was killed.”
JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.