A woman accused of injuring four people in a drunken accident in February was caught Friday after a vehicle chase.
Christina Dawn Steele, who was wanted on several warrants by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Friday morning after an eight-mile pursuit along Mount Airy roads.
According to a statement released by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brandon Johnson attempted to stop a 2003 Nissan Altima at Burger King on Rockford Street in Mount Airy on Friday morning.
However, the vehicle, which authorities noted was allegedly operated by Steele, 43, of 135 Louise Avenue in Mount Airy, failed to stop, leading Bowman on a pursuit. The release stated that with the assistance of Mount Airy Police Department officers and Deputy Travis Bowman, Steele was stopped on U.S. 52 near Greenhill Road, about a mile and a half from the Virginia state line.
Authorities allege Steele is at fault in a traffic collision on Linville Road in mid-February which sent Amber Walker and her three passengers to the hospital, including one in critical condition.
According to authorities, Steele went left of center, causing the head-on collision, and she allegedly was intoxicated with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.
For that incident, Steele was charged with driving while impaired, traveling left of center, driving with a suspended operator’s license, failure to wear a seat belt, possession of an open container of alcohol, and possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
According to N.C. Department of Public Safety records, Steele has already been convicted of DWI 12 times.
At the time of the incident she was also due in court for various other drug-related charges.
According to the sheriff’s office, Steele was also wanted on charges for fleeing or eluding arrest and driving while license revoked in Forsyth County.
Orders for arrest for failing to appear in court have been issued in Surry County for 15 counts of trafficking opium or heroin, nine counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, nine counts of felony possession of cocaine, six counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, six counts of maintaining a drug vehicle and four counts of felony serious injury by a vehicle.
Additional charges stemming from Friday morning’s arrest include driving while license revoked, speeding in a school zone, failure to stop for blue light and siren, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a drug vehicle, felony speed to elude arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
She is detained at the Surry County Detention Center under a bond totaling $845,500.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Steele was convicted in April 2013 of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury, and served two years and two months in jail.
In June 2009, she was convicted of habitual impaired driving and given two years and four months. According to the records, she was released from prison on May 2, 2011, and committed the assault crime on May 21, just 19 days later.
In April 2007 she was convicted of three counts of fraud, credit card theft and uttering forged papers. She was given one year in jail.
Her record has dozens of other convictions dating back to her teens in 1989.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.