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Shelburne woman behind bars after high-speed chase

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Ann Cooper Ann Cooper
WILLISTON, Vt. -

A Shelburne woman is behind bars after a high-speed car chase. Police say the pursuit passed through three Chittenden County towns, reaching speeds of 70 mph. Police say it was a dangerous chase during rush-hour traffic. And the driver is accused of being drunk behind the wheel.

Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, South Burlington police got a tip about a vehicle driving erratically on Shelburne Road. The registration revealed the driver lived in Shelburne and officers were able to meet her as she arrived home. Police say Ann Cooper, 58, refused to speak to them and instead took off, leading authorities on a chase through Shelburne, South Burlington and Williston. At one point, they say, Cooper's vehicle even veered onto a golf course, missing golfers, before driving back onto Spear Street. Eventually police were able to corner the driver in front of the Williston State Police barracks.

"She tried backing into one of the cruisers; we don't know if she just rolled back or if it was an intentional act. I don't know if you saw earlier, we did have the fire and rescue here. That was because we had to break her windows to gain entry to the vehicle. There are no reports of injuries; it was just as a precaution to have her checked out," Shelburne Police Cpl. Jon Marcoux said.

Officers from South Burlington, Williston and Hinesburg as well as Vermont State Police responded. Officials say no one was hurt and there was minimal damage to their cruisers.

Cooper is charged with DUI, gross negligent operation, driving with a suspended license and attempting to elude a police officer. She is being held for lack of $10,000 bail.

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