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Wild Marin County chase ends in woman's DUI arrest

A lengthy chase early Tuesday involving CHP officers and a woman driver in a car moving on three tires and a metal rim lasted from northern Marin County to the Waldo Tunnel before she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The chase started just after midnight Monday with a report of a dark-colored Chrysler Sebring headed south near the Sonoma County line. Officers were told the Sebring was reportedly missing a right rear tire.

Officers spotted the car on Novato streets and attempted to stop the driver, who sped off. She drove 30-60 mph on Alameda Del Prado, running stop signs and red lights before getting back onto Highway 101, according to the CHP.

On the highway, the driver reached 60-80 mph, despite having one tire missing.

She headed further into Marin County and hit a spike strip set up in the Strawberry area. The spikes flattened the left rear tire but the driver kept going, finally losing control at the Waldo Tunnel entrance.

The car spun across traffic lanes and onto the shoulder, hitting a rocky hillside.

Multiple officers ordered the driver out of the car at gunpoint.

Officers arrested 34-year-old Maria Magdalena Bautista of Des Moines, Iowa on suspicion of felony reckless driving while evading an officer, misdemeanor DUI and being an unlicensed driver.

She was booked into the Marin County Jail.


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