Oregon woman arrested after high-speed chase
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | February 12,2013
Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
Margaret Perry, of Portland, Ore., is arrested in Pittsford on Monday after fleeing from officers following a previous traffic stop, according to police.
Police say they didn’t even try to keep up with a car that allegedly fled at speeds in excess of 80 mph north on Route 7 on Monday afternoon.
“With the speeds and the wetness on the roads it was too dangerous,” Rutland Police Sgt. James Tarbell said. “I saw a video of the chase and all you could see of the car were the rooster tails it was sending up.”
But police say they eventually caught up with the vehicle and the driver anyway thanks to a tip from a motorist who told police the white Ford rental car turned onto Furnace Road in Pittsford.
Tarbell said the car was found not far from the entrance to the Vermont Police Academy hidden behind an electrical substation with the driver, Margaret Perry, of Portland, Ore., huddled down in the driver’s seat.
Perry was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, attempting to elude police and gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $10,000 for Perry who remained at the Rutland jail Monday afternoon.
Police say Perry was initially stopped for driving 13 mph over the speed limit on North Main Street in the city where the posted speed limit is 35 mph.
That infraction could have amounted to a traffic ticket, but police say the situation quickly escalated.
The officer who stopped Perry, Lt. Kevin Geno, said that as he was stepping out of his cruiser, Perry exited the car and began shouting at him.
Tarbell said Geno had to push the woman away to have some space between them. It was unclear what prompted the outburst, he added.
“She was completely out of control,” Tarbell said. “She asked to be shot a couple of times.”
The confrontation ended suddenly when Perry allegedly climbed back into her car and drove away at a high rate of speed.
Tarbell said Geno decided to quit his pursuit out of concerns about his safety and the risk to other drivers on the road since Perry was allegedly passing vehicles on the wrong side of the road and taking other risks to elude pursuit.