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Hard to Believe This Woman Charged With DUI, Eluding, And Wild Chase in Oregon

Tamar Drake (Umatilla County Sheriff)
Tamar Drake (Umatilla County Sheriff)

Most of the time, the criminal mug shots we see of people who are accused of some pretty spectacular crimes match their demeanor. They’re not the most pleasant to look at. But in this case, this woman doesn’t seem to fit the crime.

According to 39-year-old Tamar Drake of Hermiston is facing a multitude of charges stemming from a wild chase Thursday.

It began when officers responded to a report of a drunken woman breaking down the door of a home on Wilson Lane near Boardman, OR. The woman was reportedly armed with a Taser. After leading police on a chase towards I-84 Drake, who was driving a white SUV, got onto the freeway.

Due to her weaving and dangerous driving, Oregon State Patrol troopers joined to assist Morrow County Sheriffs by deploying spike strips. But they failed to stop her. Drake was headed towards Hermiston, and finally the decision was made to use a PIT maneuver to stop her before she reached the more populated area.

Her vehicle finally skidded to a stop near Lamb Road outside of Hermiston. She refused to comply with officers commands to exit, and instead reached for a knife as they tried to take her into custody. That promptly got her Tasered herself.  After being taken to the hospital where she refused any treatment, she got a nice rest in the Umatilla County Jail. She’s facing DUI and eluding officer charges, as well as driving on a revoked license and had a previous warrant out of Grant County, OR.

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