A negligent driver driving on the wrong side of the road on June 4 in San Diego lead officers on a high-speed chase both on and off of freeways. The car chase ended in a crash with a patrol car and the driver’s arrest. The officer driving the patrol car was injured as a result.
The reckless dark SUV had been driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 805 from State Route 54 at 5:49 a.m., and was being driven by a 47-year-old woman. She eventually came up to Palm Avenue, where she made a u-turn and headed north in the right direction this time, but driving furiously at speeds of up to 100 mph. She continued her chase off 43rd St, running many red lights in Lincoln Park, and taking her vehicle onto 47th Street, and then onto Imperial Avenue, speeding toward a CHP vehicle positioned just south of the upcoming intersection.
Approaching the patrol car, she swerved to the right at the last minute but could not miss hitting the car’s left front bumper and fender in this San Diego high-speed car chase and wreck. This did not seem to deter her as she continued onto Harbison Avenue in Alta Vista, pulled into a parking lot where another patrol car initiated a PIT maneuver (pursuit immobilization technique) which disabled the SUV. The woman was finally taken into custody at 6:16 a.m. and to a hospital where she is being held for a 72-hour mental health evaluation. Following her release, CHP officers assured that she would be booked on several charges. You can read more about this San Diego car crash in this SignOnSanDiego.com story.