Woman Arrested After Driving Wrong Way, Running From Officer

By The Chronicle

A Tacoma woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly driving the wrong way on a one-way street, crashing into a bush and unsuccessfully trying to jump a fence to avoid police.

Sophia M. Roses, 48, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. 

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked for $25,000 bail, citing the threat to community safety inherent in the act of running from police at 80 miles per hour. 

Defense attorney Rachael Tiller asked for Roses’ release based on her lack of criminal history.

“This is completely out of character,” Tiller said. 

O’Rourke imposed the $25,000 bail and set Roses next court hearing for Thursday. 

According to court documents, at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, a Centralia police officer was on duty when he saw a vehicle drive the wrong way on a one-way street under the Interstate 5 viaduct at Mellen Street. 

The officer turned to follow the vehicle, activating his car’s lights and sirens. The vehicle was traveling at about 80 miles per hour when the officer caught up to it. 

The vehicle then reportedly cut across three lanes of traffic and turned eastbound onto Harrison Avenue and ran a red light. 

The vehicle then collided with bushes. 

A female suspect, later identified as Roses, got out of the car and attempted to jump a fence but was unsuccessful. She was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail.