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Reported by Jason Miles

Wild chase leads to night in jail for New Jersey woman

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A New Jersey woman is in jail tonight after leading Mid-South police on a two-state chase.

Two deputies were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The woman was taken into custody. Now, there is a good chance she won't be back behind the wheel for quite some time.

Chopper five was over the scene shortly after a two-state chase came to an end.

A squad car crunched.

So was a mini-van. Its driver, in handcuffs, on her way to jail.

Tommy Keenan is a repo man. No stranger to danger. He said he has heard of "wild rides," but never expected to witness what he saw today.

"Three squad cars passed me chasing that lady. Then one come up in the rear," Keenan said.

Investigators said the woman, 41 year-old Rose Marie Santenello of Jackson, New Jersey, was pulled over for possibly casing homes in a neighborhood.

They say she kicked a deputy in the groin before speeding away.

She then led the 20 mile chase from Slayden, Mississippi through Piperton, into Collierville, and finally onto Bill Morris Parkway, ending just west of Houston Levee.

"The Marshall County officers were all trying to get her to pull over. She refused to stop. Then one of them actually pulled in front of that van," Steve Shular of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said.

Santenello is now charged in both Shelby and Marshall Counties with assaulting a police officer and evading arrest.

Westbound lanes of 385 finally re-opened more than two hours after the chase began. A chase Tommy Keenan says he would have only expected to see on TV.

There is no word tonight on why Rose Marie Santanello was in Mississippi or what, if anything, was recovered from her mini-van.

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