K9 units tree barefoot woman

Published 12:15 am Friday, October 17, 2014

A 32-year-old woman who was fleeing police wrecked, fled barefoot, swam across a pond, climbed a barbed wire fence and was treed by a K9 unit before being tased by a law enforcement officer Thursday night.

Law enforcement officers said Alabama State Troopers attempted to stop Amber Boewer for speeding. She eluded troopers at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Troopers asked for back-up, and were joined by officers from the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, Opp Police Department, and the Covington County Sheriff’s Posse tracking team. The Drug Task Force was called to the scene after a substance believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene.

Boewer was traveling on Babbie Road when her vehicle left the road and became stuck in the ditch. Officers observed her attempting to get rid of the drugs and drug paraphernalia as she fled into the woods.

Trooper Matt Kennedy pursued her on foot. After Boewer swam across the pond, the posse’s K9 unit was called. The tracking dogs, Red, Speck and Blue, hit on Boewer’s scent behind Babbie Town Hall, and chased her until she climbed a small pine tree. Boewer was asked to come down from the tree three times and had to be subdued with a taser. She was transported to Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp for treatment of minor self-inflicted injuries which occurred while she was running from officers.

DTF Officer Greg Jackson said Boewer will be charged jointly by the DTF and Alabama State Troopers. Charges include felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, several traffic violations and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chief Deputy David Anderson said Boewer also was wanted on outstanding warrants for child support, as well as in Missouri.

Boewer had a small white dog with her. Jerry Rathel, who was at the scene, rescued the dog and said he would take it home to care for it.

Boewer’s vehicle was towed.

Officers praised Red, Speck and Blue, as well as their handlers, Chad Clark and Joe Barton, for their assistance in finding Bower.