Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving through scene, hitting deputy vehicle

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Golden Valley Road.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Golden Valley Road.

A woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after she reportedly drove through a traffic collision scene, striking one of the responding deputy’s vehicles.  

The 33-year-old woman was arrested after being investigated on Sunday, near the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Avenida Rotella, according to Deputy Natalie Arriaga, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.  

“Deputies investigating a traffic collision blocked a lane of traffic in order to prevent traffic flow from driving through the scene in Newhall,” said Arriaga. “While proceeding through with investigation and ensuring all parties received assistance, a female driver decided she would squeeze through a patrol vehicle blocking the lane, and drive through the scene of the collision.” 

The woman, while squeezing through, allegedly struck a law enforcement vehicle and was ordered to stop by deputies on the scene.  

“As they contacted the female, deputies immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath,” said Arriaga. ”Deputies conducted field sobriety tests on the woman and determined she was under the influence of alcohol, with a BAC of 0.23%.” 

She was booked into the station and later released on citation to appear in court at a later date.  No deputies were injured during the traffic collision. 

“As a reminder, please always have a designated driver planned ahead,” said Arriaga. “Help keep our streets safe by avoiding drinking and driving.” 

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