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Woman high on meth sped off from traffic stop in stolen car

Car reportedly stolen from Henderson earlier in day, paperwork say

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — A lady, who was reportedly below the affect of medication, is accused of main Lake Mead park rangers on a chase in a stolen car after dashing off from a traffic stop, officers wrote in courtroom paperwork.

Monica Vargas faces federal costs of reckless driving, interfering with company features, and having a suspended driver’s license for the incident on June 14, courtroom paperwork mentioned.

A park ranger with the National Park Service was patrolling in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area when he noticed a driver, later recognized as Vargas, driving erratically.

The ranger watched as Vargas activated the “right side turn signal and then started to turn left” on Lakeshore Road, paperwork mentioned. Vargas then stopped the car in the center of the highway, continued driving, swerved, crossed lanes after which stopped.

The ranger ran the car’s license plate, discovering it stolen out of Henderson earlier in the night, paperwork mentioned.

The ranger pulled Vargas over. She was “yelling incoherently with slurred speech” after which drove off after a few minute, paperwork mentioned.

A chase then ensued round Trailer Village, paperwork mentioned. Vargas finally ran over stop sticks, which triggered two tires to deflate. Vargas continued driving for a few half-mile earlier than she stopped, paperwork mentioned.

“[Vargas] appeared to be trying to exit the vehicle but did not initially remove her seat belt and did not initially put the vehicle in park,” rangers wrote in courtroom paperwork. “[A ranger] had to instruct the operator to remove her seat belt and put the vehicle in park.”

While being detained, Vargas informed rangers she had used methamphetamine earlier in immediately and “had ‘possibly’ smoked some marijuana,” they wrote in courtroom paperwork.

Vargas informed rangers she didn’t know the car was stolen and “had borrowed [the car] from a friend,” they wrote in courtroom paperwork.

While being booked on the Henderson Detention Center, jail officers took a blood pattern from Vargas. The outcomes from the take a look at weren’t supplied in courtroom paperwork.

Vargas pleaded not responsible to the costs towards her in courtroom final week. Because she was arrested on federal costs, a reserving photograph was not instantly out there Tuesday.

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