WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A Wichita Falls woman is charged with driving her car into a police chase in progress to impede officers who were in pursuit of a suspect wanted after a possible shots fired incident.
Britanie Kirkwood-Howell, 31, faces multiple charges in connection with that chase which resulted in the arrest of Quenton Howell.
Police were pursuing Howell after seeing a possible muzzle flash and hearing a loud bang on East Fifth Street on Saturday, August 15.
During the pursuit which covered about 20 blocks, police said a red Ford Expedition got involved, swerving in front of pursuing officers multiple times.
An officer attempted to pull in front of Kirkwood-Howell but was unsuccessful and said she continued to block him.
The pursuing officer said Howell made a sudden u-turn, then Kirkwood-Howell pulled her vehicle across the road, almost running into the officer.
According to authorities, the officer radioed for additional officers to stop.
Once officers brought Kirkwood-Howell to a stop, she attempted to flee on foot, and after a short chase Kirkwood-Howell was caught.
Officers said Kirkwood-Howell resisted by pulling away and slipping out of one of the handcuffs and putting her arm under her body.
After officers got Kirkwood-Howell cuffed again, they said she went limp so they had to carry her to the police car.
Kirkwood-Howell kicked one officer in the chest and kicked out a window from a police car.
Police said they did not immediately know the relationship of the two suspects.