A 75-year-old Florida woman was arrested following a 65-mile-per-hour police chase on Interstate 85 north early Friday morning that ended in Jackson County. The Georgia State Patrol responded to a request for assistance from Gwinnett Police with a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van that would not stop for officers around 3:45 a.m. near the Pleasant Hill Road exit. When troopers tried to stop the vehicle near Hamilton Mill, the driver continued northbound.
A Gwinnett Police unit tried to stop the vehicle on the side of the interstate, but she would not stop. The driver continued north on I-85 and troopers located it around Hamilton Mill, Georgia State Patrol public information officer Gordy Wright, said. The vehicle was swerving and almost hit several other vehicles, both private vehicles and patrol cars, along the way. It also passed a tractor-trailer in the right emergency lane before it was stopped, according to Wright.
The 7-minute pursuit ended with a trooper using the P.I.T. maneuver to stop the woman’s van.
The interstate was blocked for about 35 minutes until a wrecker could get to the scene, load the vehicle, and move it out of the travel lanes.
The driver, Betty Joe Zeliff, had no injuries and was checked out by EMS at the scene, prior to be taken to the Gwinnett County jail. She was charged with fleeing, failing to maintain lane and reckless driving.