WOODLAND HILLS—A woman from Bellflower led authorities on a three-hour car chase throughout the San Fernando Valley during the early hours of Monday, August 1.
The suspect, driving a red Saturn sedan, was spotted by California Highway Patrol officers at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Monday on De Soto Avenue in Woodland Hills.
The suspect was driving erratically and weaving across the road, seemingly under the influence, so CHP officials began following the vehicle, according to reports.
The CHP pursued the fleeing sedan from Los Angeles to San Diego County through several freeways and surface streets.
The driver lead officers onto the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway, then the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway, and then onto the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway – she entered Orange County shortly before 5 a.m. and continued to travel through San Diego County near Camp Pendleton. In San Diego County, the motorist led CHP officers south on Interstate 5 and then east on state Route 76.
The suspect drove erratically through surface streets, but generally traveled about 60 mph or less; at times, she would stop in the middle of the road before speeding off again, the CHP told Canyon News.
Officers caught up with the suspect nearly 120 miles from where the chase started in a residential Fallbrook neighborhood.
The driver made a last-ditch effort to escape; she drove across the front lawn of a home in the neighborhood, leaving a chunk of turf on the driveway and tire marks through the grass. She also crashed into at least one parked vehicle. Officers attempted four pit maneuvers, but the suspect evaded each one.
The Saturn sedan was finally cornered near Pala Mesa in San Diego County. The suspect was boxed in on a cul-de-sac by at least three CHP vehicles blocking the street.
The suspect was taken into custody, handcuffed and placed in the front seat of a CHP cruiser. At one point, she got out and tried to run away, but officers caught up with her, according to Fox5.
The woman’s identity has not been released to the public, but CHP officials confirmed that authorities are investigating whether or not she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the chase.