Woman lights crack pipe after cops end high-speed chase

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A 36-year-old female motorist from Eastpointe who a Macomb County Sheriff's deputy tried to pull over smoked crack cocaine and then led authorities on a car chase, officials said Thursday.

The incident happened at about 2 a.m. Oct. 25 in Harrison Township, according to the sheriff's office.

The woman, identified as Kristi Rettig, has been arraigned on a charge of first-degree fleeing and eluding police, a felony, according to court records. A judge ordered Rettig held on a $20,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

The sheriff's office said she has also been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, drug possession and driving with a suspended license.

Rettig is a parole absconder who had not reported in since March, officials said. She has two prior convictions for drug possession, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. She also has a 2005 conviction for unlawfully driving away an automobile. 

Officials said Rettig was driving a vehicle and when a deputy tried to stop her, she refused to obey his commands and fled.

Authorities deployed stop sticks to stop the vehicle and all of its tires were damaged, they said.

As deputies tried to box in her vehicle to stop it, Rettig crashed into two sheriff's vehicles. She drove off the roadway and came to a stop, police said.

Deputies then instructed the driver and her passenger to show them their hands, officials said.

The passenger, identified as Alexandra Weed, 28, of Melvindale, complied, according to police. Weed has been charged with drug possession.


Rettig, however, ignored the commands and began smoking crack cocaine, they said. The incident was caught by a deputy's body camera.

The two women were both arrested after they refused to open the vehicle's doors for police, officials said. No one was injured.


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