Suspected drunk driver leads police on brief chase
A 58-year-old woman found passed out drunk in her vehicle in Carlsbad on Monday morning awoke to law enforcement and sped off, leading a brief car chase that ended with her arrest in Leucadia, a police lieutenant said.
A Border Patrol agent found Bonnie Bass in her vehicle facing the wrong way in a center median near Carlsbad Boulevard and Ponto Drive about 5:45 a.m. and reported it to local police, Carlsbad police Lt. Paul Mendes.
Officers arrived and Bass allegedly rolled up her windows and locked her doors before starting her vehicle and driving away, turning her vehicle toward one of the officers. Mendes said the officer was forced to move or be struck.
A four-minute pursuit ensued at speeds up to 80 mph, Mendes said, adding that it ended when Bass’ vehicle apparently ran out of gas at Leucadia Boulevard and North Coast Highway.
Officers broke a window on Bass’ vehicle and forcibly pulled her out after she refused to surrender, he said. She was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evading and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Before going to jail, she was taken to a hospital for treatment for an injury stemming from the broken window, Mendes said. An officer was also treated for glass injuries.
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