Wrong-way driver leads police on chase through Pismo Beach

Michelle Rae Gunlund
Michelle Rae Gunlund

A woman was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after leading police on a chase through Pismo Beach.

Michelle Ray Gunland, 27, was allegedly driving a 2006 Honda Civic the wrong way in the 200 block of Hinds Avenue at 9 a.m., according to a news release from the Pismo Beach Police Department.

An officer tried to stop the car for the minor traffic violation, but Gunland sped north on Dolliver Street, according to police.

Then, at speeds between 70 to 80 mph, Gunland drove the wrong way onto Highway 101 from the southbound off-ramp at Price Street, according to police. She drove north in the southbound lanes at a high rate of speed, nearly colliding with numerous drivers headed south.

Gunland then lost control of the car, according to police, and it spun sideways and hit two road signs before exiting the freeway at the Cliff Street on-ramp.

With guns drawn, officers arrested Gunland in the 100 block of Cliff Street on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, evading police, driving on a suspended license and a parole violation. She is at County Jail; no bail is allowed.