Police say a female driver reached speeds of more than 90 mph Wednesday afternoon during a chase that began in Mount Holly and ended with her wrecking in the backyard of her home in Lowell.
, 37, who lives at the home where the wreck occurred, was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving, misdemeanor child abuse and several other traffic violations.
The incident began just after noon when Mount Holly police received a report of a woman in a gray Ford Explorer who was exhibiting road rage
. Another driver called and said the woman was driving aggressively and refusing to let them pass.
Mount Holly Police Sgt. Brian Reagan responded, located the SUV and attempted to pull Howard over. But after slowing down initially, she pulled away and gradually sped up
Police followed the vehicle to a lime green-colored home on Lowell Bethesda Road, across from PSNC Energy. Howard pulled into the driveway and stopped.
"She then began backing up toward the officers
," Benfield said.
At that point, Howard began going forward again. She drove past a punching bag hanging from a tree and a children's swing set and a trampoline in the backyard before trying to force her way through a green fence
that separates the property from the Gaston Christian School driveway.
The collision damaged the vehicle's bumper and knocked the fence down, leaving it draped across the windshield. The four-wheel-drive SUV's back tires were stuck in mud and its front tires were still spinning off the ground
as police approached.
A man who identified himself as Howard's husband arrived soon after and told police they both lived there. A blood test will be done to determine if she had alcohol or drugs in her system. She was held at the Gaston County jail on a $500,000 bond.