Crime, Fire + Courts

Public’s help leads to DUI arrest

By April 11, 2011

Concerned citizens helped police nab a fast-driving motorist who was later arrested on suspicion of driving drunk, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Cindy Leal said authorities first got word of the situation at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, when drivers reported seeing a woman who appeared to be passed out or asleep behind the wheel of her car, which was partially blocking the intersection of Highway 16 and County Road 96 west of Woodland.

She was gone by the time police arrived, but witnesses followed her Ford Focus as it headed westbound on Highway 16 and southbound Interstate 505 at speeds up to 80 mph, Leal said. A Yolo County sheriff’s deputy stopped her near County Road 26. CHP officers also responded to the scene.

Leal said the woman, identified as 52-year-old Judy Jones of Clearlake, showed symptoms of intoxication and became “belligerent and uncooperative” as she refused to be tested for impairment.

“She began to kick, try to scratch and spit (at the officers) while they were attempting to control her,” Leal said. Jones was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, which Leal said officers found in Jones’ purse.

Lauren Keene

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