Suspect says she injected meth while leading police on high-speed chase
By: MTN News
Amy Johnson is in custody after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase along I-90 on Thursday.
An image from the I-90 Ninemile cameras of the snowplows blocking traffic from the speeding suspect (MDT)
Amy Sondra Johnson of Missoula admitted to deputies that she was high on methamphetamine while leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase on I-90 on Thursday.
Johnson, 25 years old, now faces several charges, including felony theft, criminal endangerment, and possession of dangerous drugs.
In court documents, the arresting officers said a syringe was found in Johnson's arm when they pulled her over.
Johnson told the deputy she injected herself with meth during the time she was leading officers on the chase, which reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
She also admitted to a deputy that she threw a bag of marijuana out of her car window during the chase.
Brenda Bassett of the Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the chase started at around 10 a.m. on North Reserve Street in Missoula after a deputy tried to perform a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle.
Johnson drove away and onto I-90 westbound.
She eventually hit stop sticks put out on the road, crossed the median, and began driving west in the eastbound lanes of the freeway.
The chase reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to Bassett.
Officers had to back off the chase temporarily for public safety concerns, but were able to get the car stopped near Huson by 10:30 a.m.
Two Montana Department of Transportation snowplows helped to end the chase by blocking the eastbound side of I-90, forcing Johnson to cross back into the westbound lanes where she was stopped by police.