Numerous charges have been filed against a woman who allegedly led police March 28 on an erratic pursuit through the city before crashing her vehicle.

Rebecca Hills, also known as Rebecca Simpson, 32, of Winterport, is being charged with eluding an officer, failure to stop for a police officer, driving to endanger, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, operating under the influence, aggravated criminal mischief and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

The charges stem from an incident that began at 7:33 a.m. on March 28 when police were alerted by Waldo County dispatchers that a woman driving a white Volvo was swerving from one side of the road to the other while following one of the dispatchers to work. A second dispatcher reported seeing the vehicle drive through the communications center and slam on the brakes into a parking space, according to a news release from Belfast Police Department.

That same dispatcher reported hearing Hills yelling and talking to herself before entering the communications center. Hills left the area before police were dispatched.

However, later in the morning a resident on Perkins Road contacted police because a Volvo, matching the description of the vehicle provided by dispatchers, was driving backward at a high rate of speed.

Responding officers eventually tracked the vehicle into the city, where the driver pulled over in front of the police department. As an officer approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated through the intersection of Main and Church streets, heading toward High Street.

Pursuing officers followed the vehicle, which led them on an erratic trip along city streets, before it eventually stopped on Front Street, near Front Street Pub. Police said Hills was driving between 25 and 30 mph during the pursuit and was fishtailing from one side of the road to the other.

The officers boxed the vehicle in using their cruisers, at which point the driver rammed both vehicles with her Volvo and then struck and broke a light pole. At that point, officers, with guns drawn, ordered Hills to exit the vehicle. When she refused, the officers removed her from the car and a brief struggle ensued.

City Planner Wayne Marshall estimated it could cost between $3,000 and $8,000 to replace the damaged pole. He has not yet assessed the damage but said the cost will be largely driven by how much damage was done to the base in which the pole is anchored.

The city will file a claim with its insurance company to pay the cost to replace the pole, City Manager Joseph Slocum said, and the city's insurance could then seek reimbursement from the driver's insurance company.

Hills was taken into custody and taken first to Waldo County General Hospital for evaluation before being transferred to jail. She is being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail.

Two cruisers sustained damage and one officer, Roy Smith, suffered minor injuries when his vehicle was rammed.

Maine State Police troopers, Waldo County Sheriff's Office personnel, firefighters and EMTs responded to the crash as well.

The incident remains under investigation.