Connecticut woman gets 18 months in jail for OUI


GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Connecticut woman will spend six to 18 months in jail for leading police on a car and foot chase last June while she was drunk.

Karen Deveau, 53, of Salisbury, was found guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court last week on charges stemming from the incident, in which she reportedly stole her daughter’s car and drove it to Great Barrington, according to court documents.

Great Barrington police spotted Deveau in the car at the McDonald’s on Route 7 after being alerted by Connecticut authorities. After being confronted by police, Deveau refused to comply with police orders and led them on a car chase around the shopping plaza parking lot.

She left the car running in front of the Kmart, and ran into the store, fleeing through the back door.

She was found hiding in a bush behind the store, where she was subdued with pepper spray after refusing to surrender to police.

A jury found her guilty of third offense OUI, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police and resisting arrest. A charge of using a motor vehicle without authority was dismissed.

Deveau was charged $100 and $50 a month for probation through March 14, 2016.

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