Candace Mahavier, 55, of Alice had no criminal record, no drugs, guns, bodies or reason to run from the law – nor does she have any memory of being chased.
DPS Corporal Brian Fishbeck said she claims to remember attempting to pull over.
“She had no recollection of us even chasing her,” Fishbeck said.
The chase started in Corpus Christi with Fishbeck in pursuit. He was soon joined by Ben Amoles and Brenden Box of DPS as they entered Live Oak County. The chase ended at mile marker 51 on Interstate 37. No injuries or other wrecks were reported.
Fishbeck said numerous callers reported Mahavier as a possible drunk driver starting in Nueces County around mile marker 22. He said Deputy David Hinojosa found her at mile marker 34 and tried to pull her over, and that’s when she fled.
“I was thinking she was going to kill someone,” Fishbeck said.
Fishbeck said she was “all over the road” by mile marker 42, and by mile marker 51 she lost control and rolled about a dozen times.
“I thought she rolled a few times, and we counted 13 times, that’s more than NASCAR,” Amoles said.
Fishbeck said he has never seen a vehicle roll that many times in his 20 years of working in law enforcement. He said her seat belt saved her life as many other objects were thrown from her vehicle.
Amoles said they approached her vehicle with their guns drawn, not knowing if she had just killed somebody, robbed a bank or had drugs in the car.
“A million things could be happening, so we came in with our guns and see this middle-aged lady in the car, all dazed up, and of course she was because she rolled like a roller coaster ride,” Amoles said.
He said she was taken to Corpus Christi for a blood test to see if she was under the influence of drugs. Fishbeck said they are waiting on toxicology results, which could take up to six months.
“I suspect some type of medication was involved,” Fishbeck said.
Mahavier allegedly said she was just upset and got into a fight with her mom, according to Amoles.
“All we know is she was traveling 120 mph in that little car, and that’s very fast. Most new cars can only do 100 (mph),” Amoles said. “Sometimes people do crazy things for crazy reasons.”
Mahavier walked away from the wreck with no serious injuries and just some minor scratches, according to Fishbeck. She was released shortly afterward. Fishbeck said she will be charged with evading arrest, which is a felony, and driving under the influence.