A Chicago woman was arrested Saturday on multiple charges after the Indiana
State Police said that she tried to evade troopers while traveling with
children in her vehicle on I-80 in Lake County.
Ayesha M. Crawford, 32, was charged with operating while
intoxicated-refusal; three other counts of OWI, including with juvenile
passengers; neglect of a dependent; and operating a vehicle while being an
habitual traffic violator, police said.
Crawford was also taken into custody on warrants charging her with failure
to appear, four counts, police said.
According to police, at 10:53 p.m. troopers were assisting firefighters at
the scene of a semi fire in the eastbound lanes of I-80, at the 12.3 mile
marker near Hobart, when Crawford—with three children in her vehicle, all of
them younger than 11—approached the scene at a high rate of speed.
Crawford “finally locked up the brakes” of her 2008 GMC Yukon and “came to
an uncontrollable stop” between a trooper’s squad car and another vehicle,
police said. Crawford then attempted to leave the scene, heading toward a
flatbed wrecker with its deck down on the ground, police said. Crawford
first proceeded up the wrecker deck, then drove off the side of the wrecker,
where she was finally stopped, police said.
Crawford was found to be driving impaired and transported to Lake County
Jail, police said.