3-wheeled car leads cops on 27-mile chase

3-wheeled car leads cops on 27-mile chase
Jennifer Winklebleck

PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman drove 27 miles on Highway 26 with only three tires before deputies were able to safely stop her Thursday night, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jennifer Winklebleck of Beaverton was charged with six counts related to the incident.

Deputies first noticed a car driving erratically at about 9 p.m. and thought the driver might be under the influence. When the deputy tried to pull the car over, it stopped at S.W. Hocken Ave. and S.W. Millikan Way, then sped off.

Winklebleck headed to Highway 26 and went west, deputies said. They put spike strips on the highway near N.W. Brookwood Ave., which the car hit, flattening its left front tire.

The car continued on, deputies said, spraying sparks and fluids as it drove west on Highway 26.

After a 27 mile pursuit, the car went into the eastbound lane - still traveling west - and slowed to about 30 MPH. At that point, deputies decided to stop the car by using a technique to spin it around.

Police said alcohol wasn’t a factor. They did charge Winklebleck with attempting to elude, second-degree attempted assault, reckless driving, reckless endangering, attempted assault on a police officer and criminal mischief.

She’s being held on $40,000 bail, and deputies said more charges were possible.