PARIS, Tenn. – A high-speed car chase on the wrong side of Highway 79 northeast of Paris led to the arrest of a Henry County grandmother early on New Year's Day.
Syble Dickens, 77, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, speeding, reckless endangerment and failure to yield just after 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
According to a report in The Paris Post Intelligencer, Dickens had allegedly forced several motorists off the road while driving the wrong way on Highway 79 before she was spotted by Lt. Stan Pinson of the Henry County Sheriff's Department.
Pinson attempted to pull Dickens over but she ignored his blue lights and siren and even went around his patrol car as he attempted to set out spike strips.
Pinson eventually caught up with Dickens on the Highway 218 Bypass and she pulled over soon after.
Inside the car, Pinson found open bottles of beer and champagne, according to the paper.
He also found Dickens' grandson, highly intoxicated and asleep in the front seat.
Police said he slept through the entire chase.
Dickens told police she didn't stop because she didn't see the blue lights and that she had a bottle of champagne and three beers to celebrate the New Year.
In addition, Pinson said as he approached the car, he witnessed Dickens spray cologne in her mouth in an attempt to mask the odor of alcohol, almost choking herself.
Dickens' blood alcohol content registered at 0.079.
Both she and her grandson, who was also arrested and charged with public intoxication, are scheduled to appear in court later this week.