A California Highway Patrol officer stopped a wrong-way driver with a PIT maneuver Monday afternoon, Feb. 10, on Fifth Street in Highland.
At 3:30 p.m., the CHP’s Inland Communications Center began receiving several reports of a wrong-way driver on State Route 210 near Ayala Drive, said a press release. The vehicle, a Jeep, was reported driving east in the westbound lanes at up to 85 mph with several near collisions.
Additional reports placed the Jeep exiting on the freeway at Fifth Street. Moments later, officers located the Jeep, which matched the reported license plate, and attempted to make a stop. The driver, Katherin Kim Armistead, a 35-year-old Los Angeles resident, fled and a pursuit ensued.
“The driver of the Jeep ran multiple red lights causing near collisions as it traveled east on Fifth Street/Greenspot Road as it headed toward SR-210,” the release said. “The driver of the Jeep continued in a reckless manner toward traffic."
An officer used a pursuit immobilization technique, known as a PIT maneuver, to terminate the pursuit. The Jeep’s right rear wheel rode up the patrol vehicle hood and windshield. Both vehicles were disabled.
Armistead was taken into custody without further incident. She was booked at West Valley Detention Center for felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, and suspicion of driving under the influence.