Sheriff: Driver fleeing deputies hits SUV with mother, children

The Fresno BeeJuly 17, 2014 

A mother sustained a broken leg Thursday night when a woman attempting to evade Fresno County sheriff's deputies slammed into the mother's SUV, which was carrying her young daughter and infant, on Highway 99 near Kingsburg, sheriff's deputies said.

Lt. Frances Devins of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said the crash occurred as the fleeing driver led sheriff's deputies on a chase at high speeds on southbound Highway 99 around 9:30 p.m.

The chase began when the woman, driving a 2005 Ford, attempted to run a sheriff's deputy off the road on southbound Highway 99 near the American Avenue exit. The deputy chased the woman and called for backup.

The woman eventually hit a concrete barrier near the 12th Street exit and crossed into the northbound lane, striking the SUV. Two other vehicles hit the SUV as a result of the accident. No other injuries were reported, and no additional information was immediately available.

The woman evading arrest refused to get out of her car, even as the engine compartment caught fire near the highway. Deputies had to break a window to pull her out, and deputies reported she had to be restrained. She was taken to a hospital.

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