A 23-year-old La Crosse woman has been charged with several drug counts, among others, after hitting a squad car, driving off and later resisting arrest, according to a criminal complaint.
On Wednesday, February 12, La Crosse police were sent to 506 Cass Street after they were told from dispatch that a woman named Harley Paul was parked and had active warrants for her arrest.
An officer pulled his squad car with lights on directly behind the vehicle and an unmarked squad car with lights on parked directly in front of Harley’s car, the criminal complaint states. As an officer approached the side of her vehicle, Paul began to drive away. Police said a passenger opened the car door, which hit the unmarked squad car. The passenger then jumped out of the car as it was moving. Paul did not stop and then hit a civilian vehicle that was pulling into the parking lot and drove off, the complaint states.
Paul’s car stopped in the middle of the street where Paul and another passenger ran. An officer turned off the car and took the keys out of the ignition while noticing a syringe and small container on the driver’s side, the complaint states. Paul later resisted arrest.
A K-9 unit was called to the scene and found several containers inside Paul’s purse that had syringes in them. They also found a liquid substance, which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
The passenger who jumped out of the car told police Paul said they were leaving and when she asked to be let out of the car, Paul said no and kept driving.
Paul has been charged with the following:
- Attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Felony bail jumping (3 counts)
- Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated – 2nd offense
- Operating with restricted controlled substance in blood – 2nd offense
- Hit and run- attended vehicle – as to a La Crosse Police Squad Vehicle
- Hit and run – attended vehicle – as to a civilian vehicle
- Resisting an officer
- Obstructing an officer
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Fugitive (Paul was wanted for violation of a felony, drugs – fifth degree possess controlled substance and misdemeanor theft in Winona County.)