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YCSO deputies arrest woman on charges of felony flight, DUI, attempting carjacking

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers arrested a woman Thursday on charges including felony flight after she refused to pull over for Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies around 10:20 a.m. during a traffic stop, a spokesman said.

Officers booked Janelle Simpson, 37, of Carbondale, Colo., into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix on charges of felony flight, driving while impaired, and third-degree burglary for an attempted carjacking.

DPS officers found Simpson's 2010 Ford Focus driving southbound on 1-17 and tried to pull her over, but she would not stop and left the freeway at New River, said Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS units ended their pursuit then and alerted the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.

When Simpson's car re-entered the freeway at Daisy Mountain, DPS resumed their pursuit with help from the Air Rescue Ranger Helicopter as Simpson drove at speeds as high as 105 miles per hour, Graves said.

As the vehicle entered the Phoenix area, officers set up stop sticks at Greenway Road, which punctured three of the Focus' tires, Graves said.

Simpson exited the highway at Cactus Road, stepped out of the car in the middle of the road, and tried to carjack another vehicle nearby using no weapons. A DPS officer with help from Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies took her into custody.

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