Racine County Sheriff Deputies say the 26-year-old Wauwatosa woman who led them on a chase Wednesday could also be “engaged in prostitute-like activities.”
Chauntori Talbert was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of fleeing an officer. If convicted, she could face up to 3-1/2 years in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies initiated a traffic stop shortly before 4 p.m. on I-94 near the southern border of Racine County. The driver – later identified as Talbert – was cited for driving with a suspended license and told she was not to drive until her driving privileges were restored. Talbert told deputies she had called a relative who was on their way to get her.
A few minutes later, though, deputies say they observed Talbert – easily recognizable because her car is bright yellow with matching rims – driving well above the posted speed limit of 55 in a clearly marked work zone. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Talbert took off, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds that at one time exceeded 100 mph.
During the pursuit, another RCSD deputy and two Wisconsin State Troopers also gave chase, the complaint reads, with full on lights and sirens, but Talbert continued to elude law enforcement. She was also seen holding her cell phone out the window.
Talbert finally exited the expressway at 7-Mile Road and pulled into the Sia Mart Gas Station and came to a stop at pump five. Deputies say Talbert left her cell phone on the center console of her car with an open line. When deputies asked the defendant why she had been holding her cell phone out the window, they say she claimed it was so her brother would believe her about the chase. She also said she was trying to get to somewhere more public because of the way she was dressed.
Deputy reports cited in the complaint indicate the defendant was dressed in a short, tight skirt; a tight top; high heels; and “a considerable amount of cosmetic makeup on her face.” A search of her vehicle turned up a variety of items that made deputies believe Talbert may have been engaged in “prostitute-like activities.”
Talbert was assigned a $5,000 cash bond at her initial appearance Thursday and ordered not to drive at all. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 30.