Melanie Ann Lind "had audible hallucinations and extensive paranoia" after she was pulled from a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Hertz Rental Car at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the statement, outlining the police case against the woman.
Driving on shredded front tires, a 21-year-old woman allegedly caused a nine-vehicle pileup in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood on Wednesday, then was pulled from the crumpled cab of a stolen pickup by one of the officers who tried to pull her over before the crash, according to a probable-cause statement.
A King County District Court judge on Friday found probable cause to hold Melanie Ann Lind on investigation of eluding police, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Lind is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Lind “had audible hallucinations and extensive paranoia” after she was pulled from the blue Dodge Ram, which had been reported stolen from Hertz Rental Car at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the statement, outlining the police case against the woman.
Just before 4 p.m., two Seattle officers were driving a marked police van when they saw the pickup pass by. One of the officers noticed one of the truck’s front tires was separating from the rim, causing the tire to smoke and shred, the statement says.
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The officers began to follow the pickup east on North 92nd Street toward 1st Avenue Northeast while the second officer activated the van’s police lights and siren, it says.
Lind slowed twice, but each time sped off again while watching the police van in her rearview mirror, the statement says. After Lind allegedly ran a red light, the officers backed off.
The pickup, which by now was being driven on its rims, accelerated to 60 mph and collided with another truck at 1st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 107th Street, the statement says.
The pickup then careened head-on into northbound traffic, striking several cars and causing others to pile up, according to the statement.
“I could see smoke and debris everywhere, and the driver of the Dodge was flailing her arms, yelling: ‘I am Melanie — don’t shoot,’ ” one of the officers wrote in the probable-cause statement.
One of the officers used his baton to smash the driver’s-side window of the Dodge and the other officer carried Lind from the vehicle and put her inside the police van, the statement says. Lind told the officers she was “running from murder,” which was “all around her,” it says.
Though she acknowledged seeing the officers driving behind her, she said, she was too scared to pull over, according to the statement.
Lind reportedly told the officers she hadn’t eaten for seven days, “about the time she started her paranoia,” the statement says.
Lind was taken to Harborview Medical Center before being booked into jail.
Three other drivers were also taken to a hospital, but they did not appear to suffer serious injuries.
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