Woman tasered after pursuit

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Andalusia woman was tasered and jailed after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit down U.S. Hwy. 84 Tuesday morning.

Chief Deputy David Anderson said at approximately 8:45 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull 59-year-old Willie B. Grant over for speeding, but she refused to stop.

“The deputy pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens down several miles in an attempt to make (Grant) stop,” Anderson said. “(She) slowed down to a safe speed, but continued eastbound and refused to stop.”

Anderson said when an Alabama State Trooper joined in the attempt to stop the vehicle, Grant had to swerve to not hit the trooper’s car and nearly wrecked.

Stop sticks were utilized near the T Grocery, causing the car’s front tire to blow out. Anderson said Grant exited the vehicle erratically.

“Both the deputy and the trooper attempted to talk to her, but she attempted to get away from the trooper, causing them to wrestle on the car’s hood,” he said.

Anderson said Grant was told numerous times to stop resisting, warning her she’d be tasered if she persisted.

“But she refused to comply,” he said.

After Grant was taken into custody, she was transferred to Mizell Memorial Hospital for evaluation, but later transported to the Covington County Jail. She has been charged with reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and attempting to elude. She was held on a $12,000 bond and issued a number of traffic citations.

Anderson said a photo of Grant was unavailable as she was “not cooperating with corrections staff.”