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Spike strips, utility pole stop woman fleeing police

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies put down spike strips Saturday night in a bid to stop a Pennsylvania woman who was fleeing state police there in a high-speed chase. They weren’t enough.

Even after hitting the spikes and deflating her tires, deputies said, the woman continued driving for several miles on Route 5 in Dunkirk until knocking down a utility pole near Willow Road around 10:08 p.m.

Christina M. Trump, 43, of North East, was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

She was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, along with several other traffic infractions in both New York and Pennsylvania. She was arraigned in Dunkirk Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.