Hammond woman arrested after wild multi-parish pursuit
BATON ROUGE – A Hammond woman who told officers she had "smoked a tiny bump of meth" Sunday evening was arrested after leading troopers on a wild two-parish pursuit, arrest records show.
The chase began when troopers spotted a damaged Jeep that matched the description of one used in a hit-and-run crash in Ascension Parish. A trooper saw the Jeep at the intersection of Highland Road and La. Hwy. 61 Sunday night, arrest records show. The driver, a woman in her twenties, also matched the description of the hit-and-run driver.
Troopers followed the vehicle and tried to pull it over. The car initially stopped but then fled on La. Hwy. 61 at speeds of up to 80 mph, almost striking several vehicles, according to arrest records.
The SUV turned right on Old Perkins, running a red light and almost hitting another vehicle. Police say the vehicle ran into a ditch but was able to recover and continue to flee.
Police were able to use a spike strip to flatten the Jeep's tires along the Ascension East Baton Rouge parish line and the Jeep almost hit a LSP unit.
The SUV then turned down Highland Road and eventually I-10, continuing to flee at 70 mph despite its tires being flattened and shredding.
Troopers tried several times to box-in the SUV to stop it. The vehicle struck LSP units several times and during the second attempt veered out of control and struck a concrete barrier.
Units surrounded the vehicle and took the driver into custody. The driver, who had been smoking cigarettes during the chase and throwing them out the driver's window, lit a cigarette after the final crash and tried to burn arresting officers, LSP said.
The driver was later identified as 27-year-old Sarah Guillot of Hammond. During the interview, Guillot said that she fled police at the Ascension crash site because she did not have insurance and she was scared because she had “smoked a tiny bump of meth” earlier in the evening, arrest records show.
Officers performed a field sobriety test and concluded Guillot was impaired. When asked if she had taken any drugs during the day, Guillot told police that she had snorted some heroin earlier in the day but it did not affect her, according to arrest records.
Guillot was booked with driving while intoxicated, two counts of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, felony aggravated flight from an officer, littering and other traffic offenses.