A Vancouver woman is accused of leading sheriff’s deputies in a high-speed chase Wednesday night in northern Clark County while under the influence of marijuana.
Leah D. Olinger, 35, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday on suspicion of attempted escape and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Judge Suzan Clark set Olinger’s bail at $ 5,000. She is due to be brought to justice on October 28.
An assistant attempted to stop Olinger at around 8:15 p.m. for expired registration tabs on the black Volvo she was driving. She was driving east on Northeast 76th Street and turned north on Highway 503. The deputy said she was driving 20 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to a probable cause affidavit.
She nearly ran over someone near the intersection of Highway 503 and 87th Street Northeast, the affidavit states. When the deputy turned on his overhead lights, he said Olinger started to swerve and almost collided with another driver. Olinger then began to accelerate and continued to drift above the center line and pass red lights, according to court records.
At one point, the deputy said Olinger was driving over 120 mph, according to the affidavit.
The prosecuting MPs performed a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, and were able to safely stop Olinger, the affidavit states.
MPs pursued Olinger for 17 miles – 15 miles of the pursuit on Highway 503, court records show. During the chase, MPs said she crossed the center line 16 times, crossed the fog line indicating the shoulder of the road 15 times, entered the oncoming lanes twice and had almost completely left the road.
MPs said Olinger and his car smelled strongly of marijuana and could see marijuana accessories in the car, according to the affidavit.