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Police: Drunk St. Petersburg woman flips SUV after fleeing traffic stop

Michelle Gibson crashed while attempting to flee a St Petersburg police officer during a traffic stop. Gibson's passenger, Tezra Alston was ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured in the crash. Gibson was later arrested and charged with DUI with serious injury and fleeing and evading. This will be Gibson's fourth DUI. (Pictured above is a mugshot of Gibson from 2016)
Michelle Gibson crashed while attempting to flee a St Petersburg police officer during a traffic stop. Gibson's passenger, Tezra Alston was ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured in the crash. Gibson was later arrested and charged with DUI with serious injury and fleeing and evading. This will be Gibson's fourth DUI. (Pictured above is a mugshot of Gibson from 2016)
Published Sep. 17, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG -- A St. Petersburg woman faces her fourth DUI charge after police say she crashed while fleeing a traffic stop Sunday night, leaving a female passenger with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, officers attempted to conduct an "investigative stop" on Michelle Gibson, 47, who was driving a Mercedes SUV, near 9th Avenue S and 18th Street around 10:30 p.m.

Gibson, who had a suspended license, sped away, police say. She drove a few blocks near Langdon Avenue S and Jordan Park Street S and crashed into a parked unoccupied car and flipped, ejecting her passenger, 32-year-old Tezra Alston.

Alston has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Both Gibson and Alston were transported to a local hospital. Gibson was cleared then arrested and faces charges of DUI with serious injuries, driving on a suspended license and fleeing and evading.

Gibson has three previous DUI arrests, jail records show.

The SUV was registered to Alston, whose license was revoked at the time of the crash, police say.

Contact Devin Rodriguez at drodriguez@tampabay.com or Follow @devinreports