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Posted: February 11, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Speeder cools heels in jail

Crime Brief

A woman was arrested Saturday after officers from the Covington Police Department reportedly clocked her driving approximately 95 miles per hour on Interstate 20.

Officers initially noticed Wanda Evette Wright, 24, on I-20 at Alcovy Road as she passed another vehicle that had been measured going 87 m.p.h. Officers then turned their attention to Wright who was measured going at 92 m.p.h. and whose speed had increased to 95 m.p.h. before the officer initiated a traffic stop.

When the officer spoke with Wright and told her the speed, she reportedly denied driving that fast and allegedly told the officer she had only been going 75 m.p.h. – a 20 m.p.h. difference in speed.

While speaking with Wright the officer reportedly noticed a 2-year-old child in the back seat of the vehicle. A check of Wright’s license showed that it was suspended for failure to appear but that she had not been served.

The officer had Wright exit her vehicle and explained to her that she would need to have someone come and pick up her vehicle and the 2-year-old and two other children inside because she would not be allowed to drive due to the suspension. Wright reportedly began arguing with the officer, allegedly telling him that her license had not been suspended and that she could drive.

After several minutes of back and forth between Wright and the officer she was informed that she could not drive because she was being arrested for speeding and that if she did not call someone to pick her children up then the officer would have to contact the Department of Family and Children Services at which time she reportedly gave the officer a number to call for someone who could pick the children up.

While speaking with the person who was going to take care of her children, Wright allegedly kept telling them that she had not been going 95 m.p.h. but had only been driving 80 m.p.h. After allowing her to speak with this person for a few moments, the officer reportedly told Wright she would need to get off the phone so that he could finish with the traffic stop and she allegedly ignored him, continuing to speak with the person on the other end of the phone.

After asking her three times, according to reports, the officer then grabbed her arm and told her to get off the phone. She reportedly attempted to snatch her arm away from the officer at which point her hands were forcefully placed behind her back and into cuffs, according to reports.

During the entire process Wright allegedly continued to fight the officers and attempted to pull away from them, calling them names and telling them to get their hands off her, while using profanity as her children looked on.

Once in the car she reportedly told the officers that it was OK because when she bonded out she "had something for them."

Wright was transported to the Newton County Detention Center and issued citations for speeding in a construction zone (over 40 m.p.h.), child’s seatbelt violation and disorderly conduct. She was also served with her license suspension.

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