Well, she certainly got her money’s worth.
On Tuesday at approximately 12:27 p.m., an Illinois State Trooper allegedly observed a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta traveling 107 mph in a 60-mph zone westbound on I-88 in Naperville. The trooper performed a traffic stop on the vehicle but, as the trooper walked towards the vehicle, the female driver, identified as being from Sleepy Hollow, fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
The trooper reinitiated the pursuit, during which the Jetta allegedly reached speeds of 120 mph, was weaving in and out of traffic and at one time drove on the shoulder of the road. The trooper ultimately terminated the pursuit for safety reasons.
Through the course of their work on this case, authorities identified the driver of the vehicle, and she turned herself in to authorities later Tuesday evening.
Yesterday, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Illinois State Police Troop 15 Commander Linda Mandat announced that bond has been set for the accused at $25,000 with 10% to apply. She is charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer (Class 4 Felony) and multiple Misdemeanor and petty traffic offenses including two counts of Speeding 35+ mph Over the Limit (Class A Misdemeanor).
“The surge in recent months of motorists fleeing from police is of great concern as this type of behavior is extremely dangerous and poses a threat not only to the driver, but also puts the police officers involved and motoring public at great risk,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, no innocent motorists or bystanders were injured or worse as a result of Ms. Bryson’s alleged actions. The message is simple, if you hear sirens and see flashing lights behind you, pull over. Leading police on a high-speed chase is not the answer and will only make matters worse. I thank the Illinois State Police for not only their work and good judgement on this case, but also for their ongoing efforts in keeping our roadways safe.”