RAYMOND — Amanda Ann Hanson was “The One That (allegedly) Got Away.”
But then she crashed.
And then she got away again.
And then she came back.
The Grayland woman’s night of epic drinking allegedly devolved into an equally epic woman-hunt on Thursday, April 6. Police say that by the time Hanson, 26, was arrested two days later, she had tried to avoid a traffic stop; fled from the stop; crashed her car; assaulted an officer; slipped out of her handcuffs; escaped from an emergency room; broken into the home of a sleeping couple; stolen a purse and car; and abandoned the stolen car. Hanson finally turned herself into the Pacific County Jail after waking up with no memory of these events — but not before going to a friend’s house to sleep off her hangover.
Bridge under troubled drivers
Raymond Officer Sean Jarvis was near downtown Raymond at about 10:40 p.m., when he spotted a black car driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Jarvis signaled the car to pull over. The car allegedly swerved onto the Highway 101 bridge that crosses the Willapa River, striking the curb as it made the turn.
According to his report, Jarvis saw the car “… jerk left, and then the left turn signal activated.” He turned on his sirens as the car jerked to the right, struck the curb, and “continued to drive next to the curb and rub it.” The car finally stopped at the end of the bridge. Jarvis called for backup from South Bend Officer Luis Gonzales.
Hanson, the driver, said she hadn’t been drinking. However, Jarvis said he could smell “the extreme odor of intoxicants” wafting off of her. He alleged that her eyes were “droopy, watery and bloodshot,” and her speech was “lethargic” and “slurred.” Hanson allegedly handed Jarvis a two-year-old expired trip permit instead of her insurance paperwork.
Gonazales arrived, and watched over Hanson, while Jarvis ran her name, and learned she had an outstanding warrant. Meanwhile, Hanson allegedly tried to leave. Gonazales ordered her to put her car back in ‘park’ and put the keys in the center console. As he reported this to Jarvis, the two officers heard an engine start and saw her pull away.
Dispatch records show that Jarvis briefly pursued Hanson as she allegedly sped down Park Avenue. However, the road was slick with rain. Police aren’t supposed to give chase if pursuing the suspect would be more dangerous than letting them go. Jarvis was about to call it off when he saw Hanson’s car spin out of control and slide into a ditch.
Jarvis said he could hear Hanson screaming. He asked her if she was OK. He wrote, “She advised that she was, but she was scared because the car was still spinning. I advised her that the car was stopped, and she wasn’t spinning.”
There allegedly were several beer cans in the car.
Wait until my dad hears about this!
Jarvis had to get the all-clear from a doctor before he could book Hanson into jail. When she arrived at Willapa Harbor Hospital at 11:30, the emergency room was full. Staff placed Hanson in an “overflow room” that had an exit door leading to the back of the hospital.
Hanson agreed to do a blood draw to test for alcohol. But when Jarvis handed her the consent form, Hanson allegedly wrote “NO!” and cursed at Jarvis and told him to get a warrant.
When Jarvis said the warrant “wouldn’t be an issue,” Hanson allegedly replied, “Oh it will be an issue! Don’t you know who my dad is?” She claimed her father was a high-ranking law enforcement official who would punish Jarvis for arresting his daughter.
When things calmed down, Jarvis went to seek a warrant. A few minutes later, he heard a commotion. Hanson was allegedly attempting to leave the overflow room.
When Jarvis told her she couldn’t leave, Hanson allegedly told him, “F--- you!” and “aggressively” yanked his cap.
Jarvis tried to cuff Hanson as she allegedly began “flailing her arms around.” At that point, Hanson, who has red hair and blue eyes, told Jarvis “Oh! This is going to turn into one of those black people things with cops.”
As Jarvis again went to apply for the warrant, Hanson reportedly yelled, “Wait until my dad hears about this!”
Patient on the loose
A few minutes after midnight, Jarvis heard a nurse shouting that Hanson was running for the rear exit. Jarvis followed Hanson to the parking lot, but couldn’t find any sign of her.
Jarvis and five other local officers searched for her. They used a thermal camera to search the hills surrounding the hospital and adjacent jail and courthouse. They spoke to potential witnesses and brought in a tracking dog, but Hanson was gone.
Jarvis returned to the hospital, where staff allowed him to view security camera footage. In the video, Jarvis said, he could “clearly see Amanda exiting the rear door … there was no cuff on her left hand...”
It was almost 3 a.m. when they called it quits.
An unexpected guest
On Friday morning, South Bend Police Chief David Eastham got a stolen car report from a couple who live near the hospital. The couple said they realized someone had broken into their home while they were sleeping, because when they woke up, they found a pair of muddy women’s boots lying on their kitchen floor. The woman’s purse was gone. So was their Toyota Camry.
Later that day, a man called the couple. He’d found the woman’s purse on the side of the road.
Around 5 p.m., a worker at the company that had towed Hanson’s car from the scene of the wreck called 911. He said a woman fitting Hanson’s description had just been at the shop. She drove away in a black GMC before workers could get the license plate number.
At 11:30 that night, another Raymond officer found the missing Camry at a Raymond gas station. The keys were inside the vehicle, along with some muddy footprints.
Missing boots, hazy memories
At 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, Hanson called 911 from the Raymond Deli, and said she wanted to turn herself in. A Raymond officer picked her up. Hanson was cooperative during the arrest and booking process.
At the jail, Hanson voluntarily spoke to Jarvis and a South Bend officer. According to the report, “Hanson stated she only remembered drinking at the Pitchwood [Tavern] then waking up with a neck brace on, either in the ambulance or at the hospital, then nothing until she woke up at her house in Grayland the next day.”
Hanson told them she saw the Camry in her driveway, and had no idea how it got there. She didn’t recognize the name on some mail inside the car. She realized how wild things had gotten the night before when she learned from Facebook that police were looking for her.
Hanson decided to leave the car in a public place where it would be found. She drove it to the gas station, then walked to a nearby friend’s house, “where she slept until she turned herself in.”
Hanson allegedly said “she couldn’t remember her shirt, but she was wearing spandex with knee-high boots.” Her boots were missing when she woke up.
Hanson couldn’t remember anything about allegedly breaking into the couple’s house or taking their car.
Sincere intentions, missing hours
The officers said Hanson “seemed sincere” when she promised to cooperate with the investigation. However, some details of the night will likely always be a mystery, even to her. According to the report, “Hanson stated, if she remembered anything else from that night, she would let us know.”
Hanson is charged with attempting to elude an officer, drunk driving, third-degree assault, residential burglary, third-degree theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree taking a vehicle without permission, resisting arrest, second-degree escape, and failure to appear. As of April 18, she remained in jail on $100,000 bail.