A suspect in a reported stolen motorhome led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from the Santa Clarita area into the San Fernando Valley Tuesday night, hitting multiple vehicles and narrowly missing others before crashing into a tree and a car in Tarzana and coming to a stop.
Julie Ann Rainbird, 52, of Winnetka was booked on suspicion of offences including “evading a police officer causing injury or death,” and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, the California Highway Patrol reported. She had also been wanted on unspecified warrants.
The chase began about 7:05 p.m. in the Towsley Canyon area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect drove on freeways and the city streets before the pursuit ended about 7:35 p.m. near Tampa Avenue and Wells Drive.
Along the way, the suspect ran red lights and at times drove on the wrong side of the street, at one point broadsiding a car in the area of Tampa Avenue and Ventura Boulevard and narrowly missing others.
The suspect, at times with two dogs on her lap, also drove through a parking lot where the motorhome slammed into a palm tree, tearing away the front and right side of the vehicle and causing its windshield to fly away.
The speeding motorhome, with debris flying out and liquid spilling onto the road as the suspect maneuvered wildly, also struck some parked vehicles and pushed others out of its path.
One of the dogs leaped or fell from the vehicle and ran off during the chase.
After the final crash, which appeared to injure a motorist who was driving into a driveway, the suspect tried to run from officers with the second dog following, but she was quickly caught and cuffed, blood pouring from her face.
The woman was handcuffed to a gurney and placed into an ambulance.
Both dogs were corralled by officers and placed in the custody of Los Angeles Animal Services with non-life-threatening injuries.
The motorhome was reported stolen out of Simi Valley, according to the Sheriff’s Department.