Woman arrested after high-speed pursuit

A 30-year-old woman is accused of leading a deputy on a high-speed chase that ended at the Clinton ferry dock Feb. 27, according to court documents.

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported that he was responding to a report of a woman having a heart attack in a car at a Freeland gas station but saw the vehicle traveling south on Highway 525.

The driver of the blue Subaru, later identified as Noelle Carty, passed two vehicles on the highway in a no-passing zone, according to the deputy’s report.

The deputy pursued the vehicle as it crossed over the double yellow, no-passing lines and passed four cars on a hill and curve in the area of Kramer Road.

The deputy tried to pull the car over, but Carty continued driving south on the highway at speeds reaching 87 mph in a 55-mph zone. She continued passing other vehicles, forcing oncoming cars onto the shoulder, the report states.

For public safety concerns, the deputy discontinued the pursuit as Carty was driving at 66 mph in the 30-mph zone in Clinton but soon spotted her at the toll booth for the ferry.

Carty refused to stop her vehicle, so the deputy had the ferry workers stop loading vehicles.

She then stopped her car, got out and started walking to the ferry, but returned to her car; the deputy arrested her.

Carty told the deputy that she was having a heart attack and needed to be airlifted, but later told responding medical personnel that she had used methamphetamine, the report states.

The deputy arrested her on suspicion of eluding and DUI.

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