Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wild and wooly chase

Well that is one ride she'll be able to tell her cell mates about for years to come.

Police bring wild pursuit to wild end

A high-speed chase that spanned nearly 50 miles was brought to an end by CHP intervention in Sacramento, and the wild ending was caught on tape.

Police were forced to crash into the fleeing GEO Tracker when the driver refused to stop, even after the vehicle's tires were destroyed during the pursuit.

The lengthy chase began when the suspect, 47-year-old Annette Hurd, allegedly struck another car on Highway 12 in Rio Vista on Sunday afternoon, according to authorities. Solano County Sheriff's units began to pursue the woman westbound on Highway 12, and at one point she allegedly turned around and drove the wrong way.

The chase eventually moved to northbound Interstate 5 as speeds topped more than 100 miles per hour at times. Hurd managed to avoid several attempts to destroy her tires with spike strips, but couldn't evade strips set up between 43rd Avenue and Sutterville Road in Sacramento.

Even with her tires destroyed, the chase continued, and with the interstate cleared of traffic both in front and behind the pursuit, units ended the chase by performing a PIT-maneuver, using one of the patrol units to strike Hurd's car and spin it out on the road.

Hurd finally surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody on charges of evading police with disregard to public safety, driving with a suspended license, throwing objects from the vehicle while moving, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, and felony hit and run. She was booked into the Sacramento County Jail, but was later booked into the Solano County Jail where she is being held without bail.

Hurd faces an arrest warrant in Contra Costa County.

Drugs or alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the incident.