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Woman gets second OWI in 3 days, flees at 100-plus mph

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A 54-year-old Illinois woman — who was released from the Sac County jail on Monday after she was arrested for intoxicated driving — led a high-speed, 30-mile chase from Carroll to Jefferson this morning while she was intoxicated again, according to court records.

Linda Lee Diebold, of North Riverside, Illinois, was eastbound on U.S. Highway 30 about 4:10 a.m. when a deputy sheriff stopped her for driving 71 mph in a 55 mph zone just west of Carroll near Ivy Avenue.

Diebold is accused of misidentifying herself as "Linda Smith," according to a criminal complaint.

"While walking back to my patrol car, I heard the vehicle shift into gear, throwing gravel and take off," the deputy wrote.

Diebold fled east at speeds in excess of 100 mph through Carroll and Glidden.

Greene County and Jefferson law enforcement officers placed spiked strips on Highway 30 about two miles west of Jefferson that punctured three of the tires on Diebold's vehicle, a 2012 Ford Escape, which came to a stop just inside Jefferson city limits.

Diebold was arrested for felony eluding, operating while intoxicated, providing false identification, reckless driving, no insurance and failure to obey a traffic device. The eluding charge is punishable by up to five years in prison if she is convicted.

Diebold smelled of alcohol but refused a test of her breath to determine her blood-alcohol concentration, court records show.

Diebold was also arrested Sunday near Lake View after she was stopped by Sac County deputies for driving 85 mph on U.S. Highway 71 at about 6:45 p.m. They suspected her of being intoxicated by alcohol and another drug, and she later allowed a nurse to take a sample of her blood for testing.

"Her pupils were constricted to the size of approximately 2mm," according to a criminal complaint. "Deputies also observed Diebold's erratic behavior. She had a hard time sitting still and was confrontational."

Diebold faces an operating while intoxicated charge in Sac County.

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