Round Mountain Woman Arrested After Wild Pursuit Sunday Evening

A wild police chase that led officers from the Redding to Anderson ended when the driver crashed on North Street in Anderson. At around 7:30PM Sunday dispatchers received numerous 911 calls about a possible intoxicated driver who was driving into oncoming traffic in the area of South Bonnyview and Becheli Lane. The car was seen entering I-5 northbound, and a few minutes later witnesses spotted the car exiting the freeway at Cypress Avenue. A short time later, a 911 caller reported the same silver Acura spinning doughnuts in a parking lot near Churn Creek Road and Hartnell Avenue. Officers spotted the Acura, and pursued it into Downtown Redding. They had to back off after the Acura drove the wrong way on Market Street near Pine. More 911 callers reported that the Acura was driving on the wrong side of the road on Highway 273 and the vehicle was spotted going south on the highway near Branstetter. The car drove into a nearby trailer park and officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver crashed into two fences and than drove into a nearby gas station. Police say the woman drifted the stolen Acura around the gas pumps and nearly struck people who were at the pumps. Police say the driver intentionally drove towards an RPD vehicle as she was exiting the gas station parking lot. She than headed south on Highway 273 and officers followed her until she pulled into the Westwood Village Shopping Center. Officers tried to stop the vehicle using spike strips and even crashed into the stolen vehicle, but the driver was able to continue southbound into Anderson. The car finally stopped after the woman crashed while attempting to turn onto North Street in Anderson. Even though the car was high centered the woman continued to attempt to flee. She apparently revved the engine and tried to free the vehicle, but the Acura overheated. Officers deployed a K9 and the woman fought with the dog. She grabbed the dog by the snout, but the K9 pulled her out of the vehicle. She apparently tried to strangle the dog by wrapping her legs around its neck. Eventually she was subdued by officers. Officers identified the driver as 25-year-old Christina Vallesteroes of Round Mountain. The Acura had been reported stolen a few hours earlier from the owners driveway. Vallesteroes was booked on a long list of charges.


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