The passenger in Diane Chosa's vehicle, who prosecutors did not charge, told law enforcement that she and the defendant had used heroin.
MINNEAPOLIS - A 24-year-old woman has been charged in a high speed chase that stretched across the metro and involved a number of law enforcement departments.
Prosecutors in Hennepin County filed charges of fleeing a police officer Wednesday against Diane Roberta Chosa.
The criminal complaint says a Minneapolis police officer noticed Chosa and a companion inside a suspicious vehicle parked behind a garage around 2:35 p.m. Monday. That officer confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of St. Louis Park and went to talk to Chosa. At that point she put the car in gear and drove off.
Scrambling back to his car, the officer activated his lights and siren and began pursuit of the stolen vehicle. Instead of stopping at a red light Chosa reportedly squeezed the car between two other vehicles, causing damage to both, before exiting onto I-94.
Authorities say Chosa drove at speeds in excess of 85 miles-per-hour, continually changing lanes, driving on the shoulders, and pretending to exit before swerving back onto the freeway.
The pursuit continued through multiple cities and jurisdictions stretching out for approximately 40 miles before it ended south of Shakopee. There, Chosa struck another vehicle and may have run over stop spikes that were deployed to end the chase. Troopers say Chosa jumped out of the heavily damaged vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.She was apprehended and soon became unresponsive.
The passenger in Chosa's vehicle, who prosecutors did not charge, told law enforcement that she and the defendant had used heroin, and during the chase threw drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. That evidence was recovered by police.