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Blotter: 81-year-old woman arrested after leading police on slow-speed pursuit

An 81-year-old woman was arrested early Thursday morning  after leading police on a slow-speed pursuit as they tried to pull her over for driving the wrong way in traffic, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

Nancy Strader was taken to Denton City Jail at about 1 a.m. and released at about 4 p.m. after posting $1,000 bail. 

Nancy StraderDenton Police Department
Nancy Strader
Denton Police Department

Police received a call at about 12:30 a.m. saying a woman in a white Jeep Cherokee was driving the wrong way on North Elm Street near the intersection of North Loop 288. The caller said the vehicle was  driving into oncoming traffic and swerving across the road, according to Kizer.  

Police arrived on the scene to find two people trying to block the woman's vehicle with their own, Kizer said. He said the officers activated their emergency lights and sirens, but the woman, later identified as Strader, did not stop until officers ordered her to do so over the public address system.  

When the two responding officers approached her vehicle, Strader would not open her window or door and eventually drove away at speeds under 30 mph, ignoring the officers' commands, according to Kizer. 

He said the woman drove 3 1/2 miles down the road before she stopped again. This time officers deflated her tires so she couldn't drive away. They also broke her window as the woman again refused to  open or unlock her door, Kizer said. 

The woman, who police determined was not intoxicated or under the influence during the incident, sat on the ground when first confronted by officers. 

She told police she didn't get out of her car the first time because it's "my car, my life, my everything," according to body cam footage released by the department. 

"She was definitely ornery," Kizer said. 

After her release from jail, Strader told WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that she initially left her house to get coffee and food.

Other reports

400 block of Simmons Street — A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police pulled his vehicle over and found him with a woman who had an active protective order against him, according to a police report.

The report did not specify the initial reason officers pulled the vehicle over. During the investigation, police learned the suspect, who was driving the vehicle, had an active protective order banning him from being within 500 feet of the woman passenger, the report said.

The man was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of violation of a bond or protective order. The woman was cited for possession of synthetic narcotics, the report states.

3400 block of Friesian Court — Denton police officers were dispatched to a home Thursday in far south Denton where a man was reportedly screaming and beating his head on his own vehicle.

According to a police report, officers contacted the man and discovered he damaged his own vehicle. Later, the man was counseled before paramedics arrived to check his welfare.

No arrests were made. The report did not include information about the man's medical condition.

3400 block of Camino Real Trail — A caller told police he could hear his next-door neighbors fighting in their garage Thursday. Police did not make any arrests after they arrived on the scene, according to a police report. The report did not include further information.

2000 block of West University Drive — A suspect allegedly paid for items at Goodwill on Thursday with two counterfeit $20 bills. Police responded to the call at about 10 p.m., but no arrests were made. The police report did not say whether the man fled the store before police arrived.

Responding officers filed a report for fraud.

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 883 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 37 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 159 calls for service and made 13 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 23 medical calls, two vehicle crashes, one building fire and one grass fire.