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(NEW YORK) —  A fugitive mom is still on the run as Ohio authorities released video showing her allegedly leading police on a wild chase in a minivan with her child in tow.

Authorities in Springdale, Ohio, say Erica Barreiro-Rapp, 33, is wanted on several felony warrants in Kentucky, including alleged concealed weapons violations and drug use.

Officers said they began pursuing her in a brown Honda Odyssey after she fled a Springdale courthouse parking lot last Wednesday. She had appeared in the Ohio court on minor charges, before authorities discovered felony warrants filed against her in Kentucky that included alleged concealed weapons violations and drug use. After officers confronted her in the parking lot, she locked herself in the vehicle, refused to release her child and then took off, authorities say.

Police said the chase spanned a mile and a half and was caught on dashboard cameras as Barreiro-Rapp tried to elude them by allegedly speeding the wrong way against traffic, running through red lights — nearly colliding with a school bus — and barreling over a concrete barrier on a highway.

Authorities say she was driving with a suspended license.

The video also appears to show Barreiro-Rapp’s minivan drive backwards on suburban streets, maneuvering around patrol cars and speeding through several neighborhood lawns.

Police said they terminated the chase after confirming a child was in the vehicle.

Later that day, officers discovered her minivan in a hotel parking lot, where a guest at the hotel told authorities Barreiro-Rapp had entered his room and jumped out the first-story window with her child.

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