A Texas woman was arrested late Saturday night after a pursuit that started when authorities tried to stop her van for swerving across the lanes of Interstate 40 and traveling well under the speed limit, according to a Pulaski County sheriff's office report.
Police say a deputy first spotted the blue Chrysler Town and Country van about 11:30 p.m. near the Levy exit traveling at 52 mph in a 70 mph zone and swerving among the inside and outside lanes.
Deputy Jeffrey King tried to pull the vehicle over.
"The van kept swerving between all 3 lanes and at one time the van ran off of the shoulder of the road on the right side," King wrote. "We then continued on toward the Burns Park exit and I thought the vehicle might take the exit because it started to swerve again and then the van quickly crossed back into the inside lane."
The pursuit continued on I-40 past Interstate 430 split, where the van began traveling in the middle of the two lanes, the report said. That forced traffic getting onto I-40 to use the shoulder to avoid a collision.
The van sped up to 68 mph at one point while still driving in the middle of the interstate, the report said. The pursuit came to an end near Mayflower when a pair of semi trucks slowed down to "help us get the vehicle stopped," King wrote.
The driver, 64-year-old Heong Western of Killeen, Texas, was arrested on charges of unsafe or careless driving, impeding the flow of traffic, driving left of center, driving off the pavement and failing to use a turn signal, the report said.
Pulaski County sheriff's office Lt. Carl Minden said it's unclear why Western didn't pull over or why her van was swerving.