A woman was arrested Monday for driving under the influence of drugs and other charges after she led police on a chase that ended when she was rammed by pursuing officers while trying to escape on Highway 41.
Two police cars, a fence, and another driver’s vehicle were damaged in the chase.
The wild incident began when Robyn Woods, of Salinas, called police about 11:30 a.m. and said there was a bomb in her car, said Lt. Mark Hudson.
Officers sped to Fresno Street and Ashlan Avenue, where they found Woods in a Nissan sedan that had been stolen in Salinas. Negotiators tried to get her out of the car, parked near a church, for several hours, but with no success.
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About 2 p.m., Hudson said Woods tried to escape, ramming a police car, a fence and puncturing a tire on a spike strip while trying to head west on Ashlan. She rammed a car on Fresno Street, before officers used a “pit maneuver,” spinning out the Nissan, as she tried to speed down the on-ramp to Highway 41.
“You never want a pursuit on the freeway,” said Hudson. Woods was taken into custody as dozens of officers arrived.
“Never do drugs!” Woods shouted to reporters after being placed in a police car.
No one was hurt in the incident, Hudson said. Woods also faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and evading officers. Police do not know why she said there was an explosive device in her car.