Jul 3, 2013 1:30 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

High-speed pursuit from Monterey County ends in Morro Bay

A woman from Monterey County leads police on a high-speed chase to San Luis Obispo County. It started in the City of Marina near Monterey around 3pm, and ended in Morro Bay.

According to the Monterey California Highway Patrol, the Marina Police Department were called out Tuesday afternoon when a woman wouldn't pay for the gas she had just put in her car. The CHP is not releasing the name of the woman they took into custody, but said she they believe she is the one who drove around Marina, making what they call "terrorist threats", and throwing things out of her car.

The chase started through Monterey and then south on Highway 1 through Carmel and Big Sur. At points, speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour.

CHP said the woman's black Jeep Cherokee entered San Luis Obispo County at around 4:30p, and when she drove through Cayucos, she started to slow down. The CHP put spike strips on the road, and eventually her car came to a stop in a ditch in Morro Bay near Yerba Buena Street around 6pm.

Grady Vell, a Morro Bay resident, witnessed when the woman's car went through the spike strips.

"Only on TV, on Cops. It's pretty scary living up the street so, I hate, I hate walking across the street here. I make sure the cars are stopped, to walk across, but I seen people blow through here too before. It could've been worse, yea," said Vell.

CHP said even after the car came to a stop, the woman jumped out and took off running barefoot. A canine unit eventually caught up with her, and she was taken into custody with no major injuries.

While the woman's name has not been released yet, KSBW, the NBC affiliate in Salinas reported that emergency dispatcher said the Jeep was registered to a woman named Kathleen Palmer from Marina.



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