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Mar 13, 2010 2:43 AM by Kristen Oato

Woman arrested after high speed chase on Hwy. 101

A woman is arrested after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high speed chase on Highway 101.

The pursuit began at 9:09 a.m., when a Santa Maria CHP officer recognized a vehicle that matched the description of a car associated with a missing person out of Huntington Beach.

The officer attempted to stop the car on Highway 101 northbound, just south of Donovan Road.

The car took off, heading northbound, with the officer in pursuit. The female driver slowed down near the Santa Maria River Bridge, but then took off again, reaching speeds around 120 miles per hour.

The driver finally slowed when a spike strip was deployed at the Tefft exit in Nipomo. According to a spokesperson for the CHP, the driver slowly decreased speed until she was driving 15-20 miles per hour on the shoulder of the road.

When the car stopped, the driver, 26-year-old Jessica Albrooke, got out and began to run. The CHP officer tackled her and placed her in restraints. Albrooke continued to struggle and broke the rear window of the CHP patrol car. No injuries were reported to Albrooke or the arresting officer. Albrooke was taken to Marian Medical Center for a mental health evaluation and medical clearance.

At this time, officers are unable to confirm a connection between Albrooke and the reported missing person.

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