Woman Held In Wild Bethesda Crash

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012  |  Updated 5:41 PM EDT
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A woman is in custody tonight after leading police on a wild, high-speed chase across two states Tuesday. Pat Collins reports

Pat Collins

A woman is in custody tonight after leading police on a wild, high-speed chase across two states Tuesday. Pat Collins reports

A woman who led military police on a wild car chase through Bethesda - chewing on soap as she drove - was ordered held with no bond Wednesday as police wait for a psychiatric evaluation.

The woman crashing her car at the gates of the Naval Support Activity facility in Bethesda. A security officer had to shoot at her car before she finally stopped.

The chase began at about 11:50 a.m., when the driver struck another car near the facility's North Gate, according to a statement by the public affairs office at the NSAB.

As security officers attempted to intervene, the suspect fled up Rockville Pike. While the driver was stuck in traffic, a Navy police officer from NASB approached the car on foot.

The driver hit the officer's patrol car and then the officer, who suffered minor injuries.

The driver then drove north on 355, the NASB said - including traveling on the grass and sidewalk. At this point, one of the responding officers fired at her car.

The driver eventually was pulled from the car, but even then she struggled and resisted the officers. The officers found the driver had been chewing on soap as she drove.

The NASB continues to investigate the incident.

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