Drunk driver runs several red lights in west Eugene, police say

An officer stopped the woman, who told him he wasn't a real cop before speeding off, running several more red lights before she was arrested, police said.

Posted: Sep 1, 2021 1:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A woman pulled over for running a red light in west Eugene on Monday drove off, running more red lights before she was arrested, police say.

It started at about 1:30 a.m. at West 11th Avenue and Beltline. Officers stopped Ashley Lawson, 36, of Florence after she ran a red light in her Ford Mustang, police said.

Lawson reportedly told the officer “he was not a real cop” and took off east on West 11th. Police didn’t pursue the vehicle but other officers in the area reportedly saw her run several other red lights.

Running her license plate number revealed that Lawson had prior arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants and was required to have an ignition interlock device installed in her vehicle.

Multiple units blocked the vehicle at West 11th Avenue and City View Street.

Police said Lawson refused to unlock the driver side door. Officers broke the window to take Lawson into custody.

Lawson faces charges of DUII, interfering with a peace officer, reckless driving and eluding in a vehicle.

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