Police: Woman arrested after attempting to hit pedestrian, engages in 120 mph police chase

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GRANTSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 24-year-old Salt Lake City woman was arrested Monday after police said she attempted to hit a pedestrian and led Grantsville officers on a chase that reached speeds of up to 120 mph.

Police in Grantsville said they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at 2 p.m. at the Walmart Distribution Center at 929 North U.S. 138.

While headed there, police learned the vehicle was listed as stolen out of Midvale.

A witness said a woman driving a Toyota Tundra was driving on and around the property. When he tried to stop her, she intentionally swerved to run him over then took off and started driving northbound on U.S. 138.

When police were able to find the vehicle, the woman was driving 110 miles per hour on a side road. Police attempted to pull the woman over, but she then sped up to speeds of 120 miles per hour, running a stop sign and narrowly missing being hit by a semi.

Police used spikes but the woman stopped, put the vehicle in reverse and drove around the spike strip. Again, police tried to place down a spike strip, but she went around it yet again.

As the suspect vehicle was turning onto Interstate 80 headed west, an officer performed a “pit maneuver” on the vehicle which caused it to flip backward onto the on-ramp.

Police were then able to take Wendianne Howk into custody. At the time of her arrest, Howk had three warrants out for her arrest and it was suspected she impaired.

The owner of the vehicle said Howk took the vehicle a week before along with the man’s dog and laptop, without permission.

During a search of the vehicle, police discovered drug paraphernalia, a syringe cap and a broken glass pipe.

Howk tested positive for THC, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, according to arresting documents.

During transport to the police department, police said Howk attempted to open the door of the patrol vehicle to try and get out. During her interview with police, Howk said the only reason she was able to be stopped was because of the dog inside the car.

Howk was then transported to the Tooele County Jail and booked on multiple charges.

A records search shows Howk has pending felony charges of theft from November and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and drug possession she currently had warrants for.

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