A 56-year-old English teacher at Cardinal Newman High School was arrested late Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, evading police and possession of marijuana, CHP officials said.
Kathleen Anne O'Brien Hahus of Forestville was taken into custoday after a chase that started in the town of Fulton and ended in south west Santa Rosa, according to a CHP report.
The incident began at about 10 p.m. Friday, when a CHP officer spotted a blue 2003 Hyundai Sonata making a high-speed, unsafe pass while crossing over double yellow lines, the CHP said.
The officer attempted to pull over Hahus on westbound River Road, just west of Highway 101, when her car sped away through the town of Fulton, running multiple stop signs and red lights and then entered the freeway, heading southbound on Highway 101.
The Hyundai made several unsafe lane changes at speeds greater than 100 mph, and then left the freeway at Todd Road and continued through west Santa Rosa neighborhoods, at times at speeds in excess of 60mph, the CHP statement said.
The car finally came to a stop near the intersection of Corby and Hearn avenues, in the Extended Stay Hotel parking lot, officials said. The CHP officer found Hahus in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Cardinal Newman President Mike Truesdell said Saturday that Hahus has been placed on indefinite leave.
"It's a very sad thing," said Truesdell, adding that "our thoughts and prayers" go out to Hahus. "We want to make sure she gets the help she needs."
He said that officials would address any concerns of her students when they return to school on Tuesday, following a day off on Monday.
Hahus was at the Cardinal Newman football game Friday night, prior to her arrest, sources said. The CHP said it appeared she was stopped shortly after she left the game.
Reached by phone at her home, Hahus said she had no comment.
Hahus was arrested for recklessly evading police, DUI and possession of marijuana. She was released on $30,000 bail, a Sonoma County jail official said Saturday.