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Woman leads troopers on I-15 chase, then attacks officers, charges say

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SALT LAKE CITY — A California woman was arrested Tuesday after troopers say she led them on a high-speed chase and then assaulted multiple officers.

Nicole Dianna Healy, 37, of Paso Robles, California, was booked into the Beaver County Jail. She was formally charged Wednesday in 5th District Court with disarming a police officer, a first-degree felony; escape from custody, failing to stop at the command of an officer, and eight counts of assault by a prisoner, all third-degree felonies.

The incident began just after 4 p.m. Tuesday when Utah Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a reckless driver with a California license plate on I-15 north of Cedar City. The vehicle was “all over the road, running multiple vehicles off the roadway,” according to a police affidavit.

When a trooper attempted to pull Healy over, she initially came to a stop in the right lane — blocking traffic and almost causing a crash — but then took off again, the affidavit states.

A short time later, Healy pulled over again and this time got out of her vehicle just as the trooper did.

“She yelled at him, and told him no by waving her finger and hand side to side. She jumped back into the vehicle and drove off quickly,” according to the affidavit.

Healy then drove another 2 miles at 100 mph before pulling over a third time. She again yelled at the pursuing trooper and attempted to get back into her vehicle when the trooper grabbed her, the affidavit states. A backup trooper arrived and both had to wrestle Healy to the ground.

“The female driver was actively resisting arrest from both of us. ... The female scratched and kicked both (troopers) with visible injuries. The female appeared to be very agitated and extremely strong as we fought to get her into custody,” according to the affidavit.

A 3-year-old boy was found in the back seat and taken into protective custody.

Troopers noted that Healy appeared unable to hold still “and had quick jerking eyes as we would try to talk to her,” the report states. “She had a large amount of small sores that appeared to be injection sites and picking sites all over her arms, face and legs.”

Healy was transported to the UHP office in Beaver County where she “continued to be unable to calm down and kept pacing,” the affidavit states. She continued to talk over officers as they attempted to talk to her.

At one point, Healy tried to make a run for the door and was grabbed by two troopers.

“She actively fought both of us, striking and biting both of us,” troopers wrote.

When troopers tried to put Healy into a holding cell, she again resisted and grabbed the bottom of a trooper’s holster, according to the affidavit. As officers pulled her hand off of the holster, she allegedly continued to fight. When troopers got her into the holding cell and took her handcuffs off, they said she again ran at officers and tried to exit.

“She actively fought all of us as we tried to get her back into the holding cell,” the affidavit states.

In addition to the 11 felonies, Healy was also charged Wednesday with DUI and reckless endangerment, three counts of assault on a police officer, and drug possession, all class A misdemeanors; plus reckless driving and refusal of a blood test, class B misdemeanors.