Many instances of DUI are caught by police officers when they commit a traffic violation or behave in a manner that leads the officer to believe that intoxication may be present. The officer will then attempt to pull over the driver, usually by engaging their lights and sirens. There are many reasons why a driver may not pull over – they may panic, they may have previous DUI offenses or have other warrants for their arrest. In any case, they decide to evade, which can add even more serious charges to their DUI. In some cases, if people are injured, they can have what would have been a misdemeanor DUI into a felony.
The New York Post reports on a woman who led police on a wild chase through Los Angeles in a RV. A woman drove a stolen RV in a demolition derby through the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday evening. During the chase, one of her dogs was seen hanging out of the shattered windshield.
The woman, identified only as a Hispanic female in her 40s, led police on a pursuit that lasted a half hour and reached speeds of 60 m.p.h. Midway through that pursuit, one of the dogs jumped out of the vehicle through the shattered window. The other dog remained inside the RV even as the woman hit a Hyundai sedan in Tarzana. She then attempted to flee on foot with the dog following her.
The chase left several people injured, including one driver who suffered from several broken ribs and a punctured lung. The RV ended up with a gaping hole on one side as a result of the chase.
The driver of the RV did suffer from injuries. She is facing several charges, including suspicion of driving under the influence. The dogs are currently being cared for by a veterinarian.