Woman arrested after high-speed chase along Hwy. 1

acornejo@thetribunenews.com, betling@thetribunenewsJuly 2, 2013 

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: Kathleen Palmer, 49, of Marina was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail, according to Monterey County CHP spokesman Officer Robert Lehman. Charges include felony evading a peace officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Other Monterey County law enforcement agencies also have charges pending, Lehman added.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: A CHP officer used his patrol car to bump into and help stop a Jeep that led a three-hour high-speed pursuit that started in Marina and ended in Morro Bay Tuesday afternoon.

Officer Steve Egan used a technique that calls for bumping the back end of the pursued car with the front end of the patrol car, leading to the vehicle stop and arrest on Highway 1 at Yerba Buena Street, said CHP Sgt. Franklin Packard.

One of the Jeep’s wheels was already running on its rim after a spike strip Packard deployed near Little Pico Creek, about half way between San Simeon and Hearst Castle, flattened one of the tires.

The Jeep hit speeds of about 75 mph in this county, Egan said, as it was pursued by CHP cars from Monterey County joined by local officers after it crossed the county line, initially with a CHP canine unit.

A CHP airplane based in Paso Robles flying overhead “was outstanding,” Egan said, in helping with the pursuit. “What a benefit to have that up there,” Egan said.

Officers from Monterey took the female driver into custody. There was no immediate response to that CHP office about what her name is and what charges will be brought.

The distance covered by the pursuit was at least 135 miles.

UPDATE 5:50 p.m. Tuesday: A woman leading the CHP on a chase south on Highway 1 near Cambria was arrested around 5:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

Original story: A woman in a black Jeep is leading authorities on a high-speed chase along southbound Highway 1 with speeds reaching up to 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit just passed Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria and is ongoing.

The Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist by putting out several spike strips, but the driver managed to go around them, said spokesman Tony Cipolla. The pursuit is reported to have started in Monterey County. It is unknown what prompted the chase.

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