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Court records: Chase suspect struggling to overcome drug addiction

A police chase over bad checks ended on southbound Interstate 71 at Red Bank Road Thursday. (FOX19 NOW) A police chase over bad checks ended on southbound Interstate 71 at Red Bank Road Thursday. (FOX19 NOW)
SPRINGDALE, OH (FOX19) -

A bad check suspect who fled police at high speeds down two interstates this week told police she is struggling to overcome addiction to pain killers, court records show.

Erin Elizabeth Martinez, 37, was indicted on three counts forgery, one count of theft, one count receiving stolen property, one count failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, and one count tampering with evidence.

Springdale police tried to apprehend her about 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 after Kemba Credit Union called them to report a bad check suspect was at their Northland Boulevard branch and had cashed fraudulent checks at other locations.

The woman fled, speeding off in a silver Ford Focus that went speeding down eastbound Interstate 275 from Ohio 4 to southbound Interstate 71, where the pursuit continued past Kenwood Road. Speeds reached at least 90 mph.

Along the way, she was seen hurling a scarf and hat from the vehicle. 

The chase ended when the Focus stopped near Red Bank Road by 10:45 a.m. Martinez was taken into custody without further incident.

When police got her back to the station and interviewed her, she admitted to passing bad checks and stealing an ID. 

She also conceded she took stolen money from other people and "knew what she was doing was wrong but felt hopeless in trying to get back to Massachusetts because she is homeless and trying to beat her pain medicine addiction."

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