High-speed chase ends in crash, whereupon cops find driver in this unexpected state

High-speed chase ends in crash, whereupon cops find driver in this unexpected state
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When New Mexico police finally caught up with 51-year-old Barbara Arellano after she led them on a high-speed chase, they were not surprised to find that was under the influence. They were not prepared, however, for another aspect of her condition.

When Arellano bolted from her car after colliding with a pickup truck, she was stark naked.

According to station KRQE:

[T]he chaos started when drivers on I-25 northbound reported a woman throwing things out of her silver Toyota Rav4’s window. A SFCSO deputy decided to post up at the 599 exit, waiting to catch the driver.

Sure enough, the car and driver in question exited at 599 and made a left turn from the far right turn lane, right in front of the deputy. The chase began.

A video of the chase, which recorded speeds upward of 100 miles an hour, was captured by the officers’ dash cam:

Deputies chased Arellano on foot, off-camera, and finally tackled and cuffed her. She reportedly struggled all the while yelling “Jehovah!” over and over again. She later explained her nudity by saying she was hot.

According to the criminal complaint, at one point she did admit to doing heroin, taking pills and drinking whiskey before driving. She also told deputies that she suffers from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.

Arellano was charged with DWI, reckless driving, fleeing from police and battery on a peace officer. She was also picked up on an outstanding warrant for child abuse out of Taos.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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