LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Police estimate speeds topping 100 miles per hour sent a Lubbock woman to the hospital, and then to jail.
Mekala Taylor, 20, is behind bars in the Lubbock County Jail and faces multiple traffic violations. Police say she led them on a brief high speed chase this morning around 3 a.m. before losing control of her vehicle. Taylor's SUV slammed landed in the middle of Indiana after she lost control of her vehicle. The chase and the crash were captured on dash camera video inside the officer's vehicle.
Taylor's blue Ford Explorer was stopped after 3 a.m. Monday near 68th and University. Police say she was driving without her headlights on. Inside the vehicle were an 18-year-old and a two year old toddler. Taylor had no identification, no proof of insurance and no safety seat and that's when Officer Adam Freeman took her information back to his patrol car.
Officer Freeman asked Taylor to remain inside the vehicle. "As the officer went back to vehicle with the name of the driver a few minutes later the 18-year-old and a child exited the vehicle. The officer got out of his vehicle asked what the issue was and they said they were going to call someone for a ride," says Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.
Now suspicious, Officer Freeman asked Taylor's passengers to move out of the road and that's when Taylor shut her door and took off. Seconds later, Officer Freeman followed Taylor who turned right on the access road. During the one minute, one mile chase police say Taylor traveled between University and Indiana on the access road at more than 100 miles per hour.
Taylor hit the curb and lost control of her SUV spinning around almost three times in a cloud of dust. Her SUV landed in the middle of the Indiana near the South Loop. Police say she may have taken off because of an outstanding felony warrant for aggravated assault.
Taylor was treated and released from University Medical Center. Police say the toddler, who was not in a car seat, would have been ejected from the car had he and the 18-year-old not exited before the chase.
Taylor faces multiple traffic violations including evading arrest.
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