Wanted woman causes 3-vehicle crash by speeding away from cop

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - City police say a woman who didn't want to go to jail caused a three-vehicle crash on a busy road on Wednesday afternoon. After the crash, she tried to flee on foot but an officer managed to catch her.

Here's an account of what happened from Lisa Cox, public information officer for the Springfield Police Department:

About 3:40, an officer who was westbound on East Grand Street spotted Natalie Hampton, who was wanted for forgery. The officer initiated a traffic stop east of Glenstone.

Hampton pulled onto a parking lot east of a convenience store on Grand at Glenstone as if she was going to stop. Hampton then drove through the parking lots and tried to cross southbound Glenstone, which had a solid green signal. Two southbound vehicles crashed into the truck driven by Hampton.

Hampton attempted to flee on foot, but the officer was able to catch her after a short foot pursuit.

A passenger in the truck with Hampton, Amber Henderson, had multiple warrants for her arrest. Hampton and Henderson were treated at hospitals for minor injuries before being booked on their warrants.