WHITTIER — An 18-year-old Temple City woman was drunk early Saturday when she nearly collided with a police car, led police on a brief chase, then fled the scene after crashing into another car in Uptown Whittier, authorities said.
Melinda Evalina Gomez was booked on suspicion of felony drunken driving and hit-and-run, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
The incident began shortly before 1 a.m. when a police officer had to swerve his patrol car to avoid being hit by an oncoming car with no headlights on in the area of Pickering Avenue and Philadelphia Street, police said.
The officer tried to pull over the car, which led the officer on a brief chase before the pursuit was cancelled, according to the police statement.
“After the pursuit was cancelled, the Whittier Police Department received a call of a traffic collision at Milton Avenue and Philadelphia Street. “The driver who caused the accident left the scene on foot and was determined to be the same person who failed to yield to the officer earlier.”
Gomez was found during a search of the area, treated for minor injuries and booked into jail, police said.
Two passengers in the car she collided with suffered minor injuries, officials added.
According to county booking records, Gomez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending her initial court appearance.