Arrest affidavit: Woman accused of stealing, totaling CSPD cruiser drove 105 mph down Nevada

Police say the suspect made it all the way from the 4200 block of North Nevada to the area of Penrose Main before losing control and crashing the cruiser.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman allegedly drove 20 blocks in a stolen police cruiser before crashing it right in front of Penrose Hospital.

Police say the suspect jumped in the vehicle while officers were investigating an unrelated disturbance on North Nevada near Garden of the Gods Road. She sped south on Nevada, clearing the 20 blocks in two minutes. According to an arrest affidavit obtained Thursday, GPS database later revealed she was traveling 105 mph -- 70 mph over the speed limit.

The woman lost control of the cruiser just as she was passing Penrose Hospital, spun across the raised median and crashed in the northbound lanes. The cruiser was totaled.

A witness pointed police in the direction of the suspect, who was walking across the street towards the hospital.

"I ran after her and told her, 'Stop!'" the arresting officer wrote in the affidavit. "She continued towards the hospital."

The officer said he grabbed the woman, and after a short struggle, she broke free and began running to the hospital."

The officer said he caught up to her again and held her down until other officers arrived and they could take her into custody. Once detained, she got to go to the hospital -- only flanked by police this time.

Police said the woman's eyes were bloodshot and they could smell a "strong odor" of alcohol on her breath.

The suspect was identified by police as Crystal Grondahl. Grondahl, 32, faces several charges for her alleged joyride, including aggravated motor vehicle theft, reckless driving, and driving under the influence.