Sacto 9-1-1
January 10, 2012
Wild CHP pursuit in Yuba County ends in engine blowout, arrest

A Washington woman led a CHP officer on a wild ride last night before her vehicle's oil-starved engine blew up between Marysville and Sacramento.

The motorist, Jennifer Nicole Curry, 27, of Waterville, Wash., was clocked at 93 mph on radar by a California Highway Patrol officer at Highway 70 and Plumas Lake Drive about 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to a CHP news release.

The officer tried to pull her over but the motorist instead sped away at over 100 mph, according to the CHP. The officer followed as the vehicle exited Highway 70 at McGowan Parkway and Curry slammed on her brakes, stated the press release.

That caused at least one of her tires to deflate and the vehicle's oil pan to rupture. The driver continued onto northbound Highway 70 before turning down an embankment to go southbound.

The CHP said Curry traveled the wrong way on the freeway for about 100 yards before driving through the center divider and then continuing southbound at speeds of more than 110 mph.

The motorist exited at Plumas Lake Drive and drove in a reckless manner, according to the press release. Eventually, the vehicle's engine blew up and stopped on Plumas School Road.

Officers took the driver into custody after a brief struggle. The CHP press release notes that alcohol and prescription medications are suspected to be contributing factors in the pursuit.

Curry was arrested on suspicion of felony evading police and driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

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