Police: Woman involved in 100 mph chase near Lincoln arrested

2012-09-07T18:30:00Z 2012-09-07T19:54:04Z Police: Woman involved in 100 mph chase near Lincoln arrestedBy JONATHAN EDWARDS / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

A Lincoln woman who allegedly led sheriff's deputies on a car chase early Thursday was arrested later that night.

Jill Kerl, 41, was jailed after Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies got an anonymous tip that she was at BryanLGH Medical Center West on Thursday night, according to the sheriff's office. It was unclear why she was at BryanLGH.

The pursuit started at about 3:30 a.m. when sheriff's deputies went to Hickman Road and 38th Street on a report of a suspicious vehicle and found a woman sleeping in a gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala, Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

A deputy woke her, but she refused to roll down her window or identify herself. Instead, she started driving east on Hickman Road at 40 to 50 mph, Wagner said.

She turned north on 68th Street, then west on Saltillo Road, and avoided stop sticks deputies laid out to deflate her tires, the sheriff said.

The woman then accelerated to speeds higher than 100 mph.

Deputies tried the stop sticks two more times, eventually puncturing all four tires and leaving her to drive on the Impala’s rims, slowing the chase to 30 to 40 mph, Wagner said.

Deputies gave up the pursuit as the woman entered Lincoln at West Van Dorn Street and U.S. 77, Wagner said.

The pursuit did not cause any injuries or property damage, Wagner said.

The Impala was found about 4 a.m. in a parking lot at 13th and Arapahoe streets in Lincoln.

Kerl was jailed on suspicion of felony flee to avoid arrest and cited for willful reckless driving and not having valid registration.

Reach Jonathan Edwards at 402-473-2651 or jedwards@journalstar.com.

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