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Woman arrested after vehicle pursuit in Sagle

by LAUREN REICHENBACH
Staff Writer | July 5, 2023 1:00 AM

A Bonner County sheriff arrested a 42-year-old woman last week on a variety of charges and on an active warrant following a brief vehicle pursuit and physical confrontation.

On June 28, a deputy received a call from an individual that a woman with a warrant was at his residence. The individual told the deputy that another deputy had advised him to call if she came to the house, according to the probable cause affidavit. Upon arrival, the deputy was informed that Lindsey N. Johnson, the woman with the warrant, had already left. Just a few minutes later, however, another call came in that she had returned and the deputy began heading back to the house, according to court records.

Before he arrived, a car matching the description of Johnson’s passed the deputy and immediately began driving erratically, swerving violently onto another road without using its turn signal. When the deputy got behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights, the vehicle allegedly began driving faster rather than stopping, according to court records.

“The vehicle began speeding away and made no indication it was going to stop,” the deputy wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

During the pursuit, the vehicle ran two stop signs and made multiple turns without using turn signals, court records said. Eventually, the vehicle pulled into a driveway at a residence that the deputy recognized to be Johnson’s. She allegedly quickly exited the vehicle despite the deputy’s continued commands to stop, according to the probable cause affidavit. Instead, Johnson began running to her garage, allegedly attempting to unlock the door and get inside.

In an attempt to stop her, the deputy allegedly tackled Johnson to the ground, court records indicate. Somehow during the tackle, Johnson hit her head and later complained of both head pain and shoulder pain. According to the probable cause affidavit, she was transported to the hospital and was found to have received a small head wound as well as a fractured collarbone.

When deputies searched Johnson’s car, they found a glass pipe with a white substance inside that tested positive for cocaine.

In addition to her previous active warrant for possession of drugs and paraphernalia, Johnson was arrested for new charges of eluding a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. A bail amount has not yet been set; a preliminary hearing is set for July 12.