A Hammond woman suspected in a hit-and-run crash led officers on a careening, high-speed chase through East Baton Rouge Parish on Sunday night and was stopped only after driving over spikes laid in her path, a Louisiana State Police report says.
But even after Sarah Elizabeth Guillot’s SUV drove into a ditch, climbed out and had its tires shredded and flattened on westbound Interstate 10, the vehicle managed to strike at least two marked State Police vehicles as it crashed into a barrier, where Guillot was arrested while trying to burn troopers with her lit cigarette, says the report by Trooper 1st Class James McGehee, of Troop A.
Guillot’s silver Jeep Liberty SUV was suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run crash in Ascension Parish on Sunday night, prompting McGehee to pursue the vehicle once he spotted it in a parking lot at Airline Highway and Highland Road just before 9 p.m., the report says.
Guillot’s SUV had no license plate on it and didn’t yield to the trooper’s signals to pull over, according to the report.
Guillot, 27, accelerated quickly out of the parking lot onto the shoulder of southbound Airline Highway before speeding down that road at 80 mph, the report says. There’s a 45-mph limit along that stretch.
Guillot’s SUV nearly struck several other vehicles as it approached Ascension Parish and turned onto Old Perkins Road, where it ran a red light, almost hit another vehicle and fell into a ditch, the report says.
The SUV “almost crashed,” the statement says, but it clambered back onto the road and flew at speeds of 70 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the report.
Troopers were able to set up a spike strip along Old Perkins Road at the East Baton Rouge-Ascension Parish line, and the device punctured the SUV’s tires, the statement says.
Though the wheels “had begun to fail and shred and throw chunks and pieces of tires onto pursuing units,” the SUV, which had swerved down Highland Road and onto westbound I-10, accelerated again to 75 mph, swerving across all three lanes, the report said.
In an attempt to box in Guillot’s SUV, State Police vehicles surrounded it, but Guillot rammed the unit in front of her and later swerved left, striking another trooper’s vehicle, the report says.
Guillot’s SUV then veered into the center concrete barrier on I-10 just west of Siegen Lane, where Guillot was arrested, the report says.
Guillot told troopers she had failed to stop because she didn’t have auto insurance and was fearful after smoking “a tiny bump of meth,” according to the report.
She admitted to snorting heroin earlier in the day, “but, she claimed, that did not affect her,” McGehee wrote.
Guillot’s performance on a field sobriety test showed symptoms consistent with impairment, but she tested negative for alcohol, the report says. Guillot refused requests for a urine sample, according to the statement.
Guillot, who was smoking cigarettes and throwing them out the driver’s window throughout the chase, tried to burn troopers with her cigarette as she was brought out of her vehicle, the report says.
No one answered calls made to phone numbers associated with Guillot and her family members on Monday.
Guillot, 42131 Jefferson Drive, Hammond, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation, two counts of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated flight from an officer, turning violation, driving on a roadway laned for traffic, security required, license required, inspection violation and littering. She had not been assigned bail as of Monday afternoon, according to jail records.