A Tulare County sheriff’s deputy fired shots at a vehicle driving erratically with two women inside Tuesday night after a pursuit in Visalia.
Neither woman was wounded. The driver was identified as Michelle Routh, 43. The name of the 44-year-old passenger was not released.
The incident began at 10:17 p.m. after the deputy tried to pull over the car after it ran a stop sign near Houston Avenue and Santa Fe Street in north Visalia, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The driver sped away and drove on the wrong side of the road at oncoming traffic, and ran stop signs and red lights. She hit a vehicle at Houston Avenue and Dinuba Boulevard, went north on Dinuba Boulevard and hit a truck. Both vehicles were occupied.
At Sweet Avenue, the deputy forced over the vehicle, a Chevrolet Blazer, and fired an undisclosed number of shots in an attempt to disable it, the sheriff’s department said.
Routh was booked on charges of felony evasion, felony hit and run and driving under the influence of methamphetamine. She is being held without bail.
The adult female passenger was treated and released at a local hospital for minor injuries. The deputy was treated for minor injuries and is on paid administrative leave pending investigation.
Visalia police are investigating the traffic collision, and the sheriff’s office is investigating the other parts of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 559-733-6218.