Woman airlifted to MED after chase, wild crash

(WMC-TV) - A robbery suspect was airlifted to the MED Thursday after she led police on a chase from a Tunica casino to DeSoto County.

"I've never seen nothing like that in my life," said witness Tony Phillips.  "That was one of the worst things."

Phillips and his wife shot video just after the suspect swam out of a lake after losing control and driving down an embankment on Highway 61 near Goodman Road in DeSoto County.

"I heard a loud noise and a crash and seen a lot of residents going to the area," said witness Jimmy Bloodworth.

Witnesses said the woman got out of the van after the crash.

"She climbed out of the van and then she came over to the lake and tried to swim across the lake," said witness Tangela Phillips.  "She got middle ways and she went back and she collapsed in the grass."

After she collapsed, witnesses said she did not move.  The Tunica County Sheriff's Department was chasing the woman, identified as Rosalind Williams.

Investigators said the chase began after another woman identified Williams at the Gold Strike Casino as the person who stole $75 from her Wednesday night at the Roadhouse Casino.

Tunica investigators said Williams actually knew the woman who accused her of taking the money from her.  It is believed both of them have been hanging around the Tunica casinos as long as two months.

Investigators found stolen items, including laptop computers, in the van Williams was driving.  She was airlifted to the MED.

Investigators said Williams has pending felony charges out of Providence, Rhode Island.  The woman who accused her of taking money has petty larceny charges out of Kansas, but Kansas does not want to extradite her.

The van Williams was driving was registered in Alabama.  Tunica investigators said they are still trying to piece this all together.

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