Woman arrested after high speed chase on I-43 Saturday morning

CREATED Mar 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It was a wild ride along I-43 in Milwaukee County Saturday, and the driver is just 19 years old.

Deputies say she'd been drinking, weaving from lane to lane, and hitting the median over and over again. And it was all caught on tape.

It happened on I-43 southbound early Saturday morning. Authorities say 19-year-old Kirsten Reichard was behind the wheel.

Deputy: "We are at Walnut. Lane two. Thirty miles an hour. Still non-stop."

That's when Reichard speeds up. The chase was going as fast as 80 miles per hour with Reichard hitting the median multiple times.

Finally, she slows down in the construction zone near Chase Avenue, almost hitting the car in front of her.

Deputy 1: "Get out of the car now!"
Deputy 2: "Get out of the car!"

Deputies threw Reichard to the ground and got her in cuffs, but she doesn't seem to understand why.

Deputy: "What's your deal?"
Reichard: "Nothing. What did I do?"

Reichard denies doing anything wrong.

Deputy: "Have you been drinking tonight?”
Reichard: "No."
Deputy: "Not at all?"
Reichard: "No."

At one point, Reichard seems confused about where she is.

Deputy: "This is my squad car."
Deputy: "Over this way, see my hand? That way."
Reichard: "This car? Okay."

On her way to the hospital for a blood draw, Reichard made it clear that she doesn't think she should be in that much trouble.

Reichard: "I don't understand why you get off on charging me to the full extent of the law. Like, I really don't."

When they arrive and it's all said and done, this is her take on it.

Reichard: "I just literally didn't, like, realize you were trying to stop me. I thought it was, like, a game or something."