Garner woman's attempt to bypass checkpoint fails, police say

March 24, 2013 

— An escape attempt backfired on a Garner woman who tried to avoid a license checkpoint while driving on a suspended license.

Cristie Perez Griffis was arrested early Sunday morning after police say she attempted to speed through a checkpoint on U.S. 401 near N.C. 55 in Fuquay-Varina, nearly hitting an officer.

According to police reports, the woman had been drinking when she sped through the checkpoint — located in a 55 mph zone — at around 120 mph. She just missed hitting Fuquay-Varina Police Sgt. C.A. Gathmen.

Police caught up with her on Landsburg Drive, about seven miles away, when the woman allegedly jumped into the back seat, hoping to fool officers into thinking she wasn’t the driver.

Griffis is charged with fleeing and eluding arrest; resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer; assault with a deadly weapon on a government official; reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

Griffis, 33, had prior DWI convictions in 2003, 2008 and 2012. Her license was suspended for DWI at the time of her arrest.

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