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Trail of damage follows traffic stop, Columbia woman in custody

Mar 9, 2011 6:27:00 PM - thestate.com
A 24-year-old woman whom Columbia police stopped Wednesday morning for an expired tag is in jail on a batch of charges after she sped away and hit two vehicles.

Taquanna Barber is in the Richland County jail on at least eight charges stemming from the traffic stop at 11:30 a.m. at Huger and Richland streets, chief Randy Scott said.

As the 1996 Dodge Intrepid Barber was driving raced away, it struck a Chrysler sedan at Blossom and Harden streets, and later a Toyota Scion near the Lake Katherine neighborhood off Beltline Boulevard, the chief said. No one in the Chrysler was hurt, but the person in the Toyota was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life threatening.

The suspect ran from the Dodge at Beltline and Cross Hill Road but was quickly caught by police.

She is charged with two counts of hit-and-run and one each count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light, failure to stop on command by a police officer, resisting arrest and other charges, Scott said.

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