Video: Speeding woman sings national anthem before being tased on I-44

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EUREKA, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County Police are scratching their heads, but praising their officer, after a bizarre incident Monday afternoon on I-44.  Video sent to the Fox 2 Newsroom by a passing motorist shows the end of the ordeal as a woman was tased by an officer after she tried to jump into oncoming traffic.

According to St. Louis County Police Officer Brian Schellman, around 4 p.m. Monday, an officer was westbound on I-44 when he spotted a woman pass him at an estimated 85 mph.  As she passed, she had her arm out the window of her car and was flashing the officer an obscene gesture.  The officer put on his emergency lights and gave chase.  Police say the woman immediately slammed on her brakes and stopped the car on I-44, causing three cars behind her to swerve and avoid a crash.

Police say the woman exited her car and began to run down the interstate while singing the national anthem.  The police officer gave chase on foot, yelling for her to stop.  Police tell us she stopped and began yelling "Martin Luther King" at the officer, before jumping into the path of an oncoming car.  The car swerved to avoid her, and the officer drew his taser gun and tased her to the ground.

This afternoon, police still don't know the motive for the woman's actions.  She's a 42 year old Texas resident who is currently at a local hospital getting a psychiatric evaluation.  No charges have been filed yet.


  • Mike Sanders

    Her “motive” is obvious… She had completely lost control of her mind. The genesis of this episode could be organic, i.e., caused by a drug; a manic-episode; stress-induced, or even a combination of these factors. The only other explanation would be spiritual, i.e. demonic-possession. All of these, can produce extreme, erratic behavior. First thing, I would run a test to determine if she was under the influence of a potent psycho-stimulant, e.g., amphetamine, d-amphetamine, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, or a derivative of any of these. Acute cocaine intoxication is possible, but less likely. Other drugs like LSD, PCP, ketamine and so on, even less likely. Check to see if she has a history of psychiatric illness. Just ask her the reason for her behavior and was there anything that led up to it.


    Looks in the video like the officer saw he was being video recorded, and got on his radio – probably to give the license number so they could pull over and harass the person doing the video – too.

    So what this boils down to is she got into it with the cop, who was probably driving like an arrogant jerk as usual (just saw two yesterday on that same stretch of I-44 – FINE people!) and she flipped him off and this, as we all know, is the worst crime you can commit in America, disrespecting those who protect the rich and greedy, so he made up the story about speeding and gave chase. Maybe she slammed on her brakes because he had been right on her rear end? Then she went ballistic witnessing first-hand, again, our police state in this supposedly free country.

    Signing the national anthem while having your rights trampled – a nice touch!

    But there is also a chance she may be as kooky as the cop! So who knows?

  • adam

    Its amazing that people now will grab their cell phone and videotape something like this… There is a cop fighting in traffic put down the f*ckng phone and try to help no instead people would rather tape someone getting hurt

    • yiddishlion

      Yeah, because we all know that the average Joe or Jane is so well equipped and prepared to handle psychotics in heavy, fast moving traffic on a freeway……….do you even think before you make such idiotic statements?

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