Woman flees, hits snow bank, charged with 6th OWI, police say

33-year-old leads police on 5-min. chase in Janesville

Published On: Feb 01 2014 01:11:14 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 01 2014 01:24:42 PM CST

Officers had to use a Taser to get a woman to exit her vehicle after she crashed it into a snow bank as she was fleeing police, officials said.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a North Parker Drive parking ramp early Saturday morning.

Police said 33-year-old Tanya Kraege fled the ramp in her car when an officer tried to talk to her at about 2:30 a.m.

Another officer spotted the vehicle near the 5 Points intersection and attempted to stop Kraege, the report said. He turned on emergency lights but Kraege accelerated and led the officer on a 5-minute pursuit through the Look West Neighborhood before failing to stop at a stop sign at West Court Street and North Grant Avenue.

Kraege crashed into a snow bank and became stuck in a vacant lot about 25 feet from the roadway, police said. Kraege tried to drive out of the snow bank and refused to exit the car. Officers used a Taser and were able to take Kraege into custody.

Police said Kraege has five past drunken driving convictions but she had a valid license at the time of her arrest Sunday.

She was taken to Rock County Jail and charged with sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, fleeing and resisting, police said.

Kraege is from on Madison's west side, police said.