A 23-year-old Oakton woman led 13 police officers from eight jurisdictions on a 70-mile high-speed car chase through the Virginia countryside early yesterday morning, as she apparently monitored police commands on a radio scanner in her car, Fairfax County police said.
The chase began about 3 a.m. at the Oakton Shopping Center on Rte. 123 in Fairfax County as a police cruiser approached a Volkswagen beetle driven by Susan P. Anderson of the 11000 block of Sorrel Ridge Road, police said. As officers approached Anderson's car, she raced out of the parking lot and through a red light, police said.
Two cruisers chased the car south on Rte. 123 and onto I-66, then west on Rte. 50, reaching speeds of 75 miles an hour, police said.
Officers from Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke counties, Berryville, Winchester and Middleburg, and the state police joined the chase before Anderson slammed the car to a halt on Rte. 50 in Clarke County just west of the Shenandoah River, police reports said. Police said they found a scanner working in her car.
No one was injured and Anderson was returned to Fairfax, where she was charged with disregard of a traffic signal, speeding to elude police and reckless driving, police said.