Columbus-area PD: Woman speeds from police, eats cereal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman eating a bowl of cereal behind the wheel of a car led police on a high speed chase that went on for nearly 30 miles.

WCMH-TV in Columbus reported that a Madison County deputy noticed a woman driving erratically on Interstate 70 near U.S. 42. The car was stopped on Webber Road, and the deputy noticed that the woman behind the wheel was eating a bowl of cereal. Deputies say the woman took off during the traffic stop, driving toward Columbus, with the pursuit reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.

Stop sticks were used, but the vehicle didn’t stop until the car began to break down, according to WCMH. The woman, who has not been identified, was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, with additional charges pending.

Luckily, no injuries were reported, but a local deputy said the incident could have been much worse.

WKBN asked troopers when eating behind the wheel — or another distracted-driving situation — would be considered illegal.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown said that would depend on whether traffic laws were being followed.

“What are they doing? Are they running a stop sign, distracting themselves where they aren’t paying attention to their driving? That’s where you are going to get stopped,” he said.

Brown said the only thing drivers should be doing behind the wheel is driving. He recommended that they pull over to do anything else.

He said local communities and states have their own texting and cell phone laws while driving.

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