Woman Leads CHP On Epic, Fairly Hairy Chase – June 15, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA PLAZA – Plaza Grill restaurateur Bill Chino had gone up to his Jacoby’s Storehouse fourth floor office around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, June 2, when he noticed something just a mite unusual even for the Arcata Plaza out the front window – that would be a red SUV screaming around the square at maybe 60 mph, pursued by two California Highway Patrol cars.

The Plaza loop was one of the final segments of a lengthy chase of a suspected drunk/drugged driver that started with a telephone tip in Eureka and ranged all the way to Blue Lake.

Andrea Lee Bates

According to CHP spokesman Paul Dahlen, the epic chase started with a reported drunk driver passing Harper Motors northbound on U.S. Highway 101.

The CHP had deployed four extra patrol units that night, Dahlen said, for stepped-up drunk driving enforcement. CHP officers then stood by near Sunset Avenue and waited for the reported driver to catch up to them.

Within minutes, the red SUV passed the officers at what Dahlen called “a high rate of speed.” They gave chase, and the vehicle accelerated further, sometimes veering onto the road shoulder.

Failing to yield to the pursuing officers, it took the east bound State Route 299 exit and fled toward Blue Lake reaching speeds of 106 mph.

Reaching Blue Lake, the SUV exited the freeway and raced to the Blue Lake Casino, drove through the drop-off loop, then headed for town, then back through the casino loop, then all the way out Blue Lake Boulevard to Glendale Drive. At Essex Lane, the vehicle then re-entered SR 299 – going the wrong way, westbound in the eastbound lanes. The CHP called off the pursuit, but other officers were waiting for the vehicle near the Mad River crossing.

An attempt to lay out spike strips was unsuccessful, but Dahlen said officers were able to warn oncoming vehicles of the wrong-way driver. As it passed, it got back in the westbound lane and the officers resumed the pursuit.

The entourage followed the SUV as it got back on 101, then left the freeway and entered Arcata at Sunset Avenue. Blazing down H Street, the vehicle ran all the stop signs. When it reached the Plaza, took a left on Eighth Street, then another left up G Street, another left to go down Tavern Row and then back to southbound H Street.

As it rounded the Plaza, the vehicle was going so fast  that Dahlen said the two CHP units pursuing it couldn’t tell where it had gone, and passersby had to point out its direction to them.

Chino said pedestrians peered at the racing SUV in curiosity, then backed away from the street as it approached. As it then screamed down H Street and through the Eighth and H stop sign, Chino said the driver – whom he mistook for a male – pumped his fist in the air through the rolled-down driver’s-side window.

Dahlen said the vehicle went down H Street, turned left on Samoa Boulevard, then got back on U.S. 101 northbound.

But as soon as it reached the freeway, it pulled off onto the shoulder. The driver got out, raised her hands in the air and evinced puzzlement as to why she had been pursued, saying, “What? What?”

According to Dahlen, “words were exchanged,” then the woman was tased, subdued and arrested.

Andrea Lee Bates, 33, of Eureka, was booked into Humboldt County Jail on charges of driving with a suspended license, fleeing and eluding officers, DUI, being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

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67 Responses to “Woman Leads CHP On Epic, Fairly Hairy Chase – June 15, 2012”

  1. They didn't tase her enough, as far I I'm concerned.

    #63671
  2. They didn't tase her enough, as far I I'm concerned.

    #67261
  3. They didn't tase her enough, as far I I'm concerned.

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  4. Kevin Hoover

    Right, it's all fun and games, but she easily could have splattered a family on the Plaza.

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  5. Kevin Hoover

    Right, it's all fun and games, but she easily could have splattered a family on the Plaza.

    #67273
  6. Kevin Hoover

    Right, it's all fun and games, but she easily could have splattered a family on the Plaza.

    #67598
  7. Went off her meds!

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  8. Joseph Ormond

    Went off her meds!

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  9. Joseph Ormond

    Went off her meds!

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  10. Her behavior was irresponsible and could have hurt or killed other people. Still, it sounds as if the police used the taser punitively. I have never thought it appropriate for the police to beat someone up, to teach them a lesson. First, you get a trial. Then, the punishment.

    #63675
  11. Her behavior was irresponsible and could have hurt or killed other people. Still, it sounds as if the police used the taser punitively. I have never thought it appropriate for the police to beat someone up, to teach them a lesson. First, you get a trial. Then, the punishment.

    #67264
  12. Her behavior was irresponsible and could have hurt or killed other people. Still, it sounds as if the police used the taser punitively. I have never thought it appropriate for the police to beat someone up, to teach them a lesson. First, you get a trial. Then, the punishment.

    #67589
  13. After a felony chase, the suspect exits the vehicle and raises her arms in a threatening manner, while saying "What, What…"…use of force was defiantly called for. In fact, she was lucky they didn't shoot her with pistols instead of a taser.
    How do you think it would have gone down if it had been Eureka PD?

    #63676
  14. After a felony chase, the suspect exits the vehicle and raises her arms in a threatening manner, while saying "What, What…"…use of force was defiantly called for. In fact, she was lucky they didn't shoot her with pistols instead of a taser.
    How do you think it would have gone down if it had been Eureka PD?

    #67265
  15. After a felony chase, the suspect exits the vehicle and raises her arms in a threatening manner, while saying "What, What…"…use of force was defiantly called for. In fact, she was lucky they didn't shoot her with pistols instead of a taser.
    How do you think it would have gone down if it had been Eureka PD?

    #67590
  16. Michael Stites

    During the brief year and a half that I lived out there, the Eureka pd killed 2 teenagers, one psychiatric case, and one accused child molester.

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  17. Michael Stites

    During the brief year and a half that I lived out there, the Eureka pd killed 2 teenagers, one psychiatric case, and one accused child molester.

    #67275
  18. Michael Stites

    During the brief year and a half that I lived out there, the Eureka pd killed 2 teenagers, one psychiatric case, and one accused child molester.

    #67600
  19. Fairly hairy indeed haha nice title.

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  20. Edward Gordon

    Fairly hairy indeed haha nice title.

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  21. Edward Gordon

    Fairly hairy indeed haha nice title.

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  22. I think anyone dealing with current issues like this is also looking for ways to handle their future, finances, and even retirement in successful ways. One interesting story I found today that talked about this issue is an intriguing write-up about a wealthy boss that decided to do something different with his career. He left Newmont Mining, a $6.5B company, to join a tiny mining company. Very inspiring story that dovetails many of the themes here, I figured you might like it:
    http://www.trefis.com/stock/fnv/articles/125627/why-a-billion-dollar-executive-is-risking-his-career-on-an-abandoned-mine-in-nevada/2012-06-11

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  23. I think anyone dealing with current issues like this is also looking for ways to handle their future, finances, and even retirement in successful ways. One interesting story I found today that talked about this issue is an intriguing write-up about a wealthy boss that decided to do something different with his career. He left Newmont Mining, a $6.5B company, to join a tiny mining company. Very inspiring story that dovetails many of the themes here, I figured you might like it:
    http://www.trefis.com/stock/fnv/articles/125627/why-a-billion-dollar-executive-is-risking-his-career-on-an-abandoned-mine-in-nevada/2012-06-11

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  24. cops have to shoot criminals since the DA wont do anything.

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  25. Eddie Sharp

    cops have to shoot criminals since the DA wont do anything.

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  26. Eddie Sharp

    cops have to shoot criminals since the DA wont do anything.

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  27. I think she is kind of pretty really…

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  28. I think she is kind of pretty really…

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  29. I think she is kind of pretty really…

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  30. Charles Applegate

    Defiantly?

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  31. Charles Applegate

    Defiantly?

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  32. Charles Applegate

    Defiantly?

    #67602
  33. cowardly lawyers says what?

    #63686
  34. Eddie Sharp

    cowardly lawyers says what?

    #67278
  35. Eddie Sharp

    cowardly lawyers says what?

    #67603
  36. Charles Applegate definitely…my mistake.

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  37. Charles Applegate definitely…my mistake.

    #67279
  38. Charles Applegate definitely…my mistake.

    #67604
  39. Denise Setzer Hansen

    UNBEFREAKINLEAVABLE OMG SO MANY LIVES AT RISK IN THIS NUT JOBS HANDS.COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN A LOVED ONE OF OURS IN HER PATH.LOCK THIS WOMEN UP, AND GET HER HELP!

    #63689
  40. Denise Setzer Hansen

    UNBEFREAKINLEAVABLE OMG SO MANY LIVES AT RISK IN THIS NUT JOBS HANDS.COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN A LOVED ONE OF OURS IN HER PATH.LOCK THIS WOMEN UP, AND GET HER HELP!

    #67268
  41. Denise Setzer Hansen

    UNBEFREAKINLEAVABLE OMG SO MANY LIVES AT RISK IN THIS NUT JOBS HANDS.COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN A LOVED ONE OF OURS IN HER PATH.LOCK THIS WOMEN UP, AND GET HER HELP!

    #67593
  42. Charles Applegate

    Wasn't sure if it was a typo or sorta poetic. Thanks.

    #63690
  43. Charles Applegate

    Wasn't sure if it was a typo or sorta poetic. Thanks.

    #67280
  44. Charles Applegate

    Wasn't sure if it was a typo or sorta poetic. Thanks.

    #67605
  45. Matt Steele

    tasing sounds pretty minor compared to the crime she committed. Its a miracle nobody was killed.

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  46. Matt Steele

    tasing sounds pretty minor compared to the crime she committed. Its a miracle nobody was killed.

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  47. Matt Steele

    tasing sounds pretty minor compared to the crime she committed. Its a miracle nobody was killed.

    #67599

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