At worst she would have walked away with a misdemeanor drug possession charge, but now she could spend the rest of her life in prison after putting people in harm's way
It all ended with a head-on collision after high speed police chase and 26-year-old Kelly Maertens in handcuffs.
It started at Dulhut Village apartments where ort huron police officers responded to a marijuana use complaint at 4:20 Wednesday afternoon. Pot is illegal in public housing.
"Officers at that time made contact with her," said Lt. Roger Wesch of Port Huron police. "And were speaking with her, and she agreed to go back to her apartment with them to talk further about the matter."
Wesch said the 26-year-old mom with a then-light criminal history, changed her mind and dashed to her car with a cop right behind.
"She made eye contact with him through the mirror," Wesch said. "And she had the car running, stuck it in reverse and proceeded to rapidly back up as quick as she could."
"The officer barely got out of the way in time and Maertens, police say, threw the car in drive and gunned it."
"She was going like, 90, and then three cops were chasing at her," said witness Paige Curier.
US border patrol agents joined the chase that spanned more than two miles, weaving through red lights and traffic.
it came to an end after Maertens hit an elderly couple in their vehicle. They were taken to Port Huron McLaren Hospital and Maertens to lockup.
She was arraigned Friday and is now facing three felony charges including fleeing police and attempted murder.
The elderly couple was released from the hospital and are expected to be okay.
As for Maertens, those charges could land her behind bars for life. She'll be back in court in a couple of weeks.