Wild High-Speed Chase Ends in Woman's Arrest

A woman who allegedly tried to run over Long Beach police officers Friday morning led authorities on a bizarre high-speed freeway chase to Orange County, where she was arrested.

The incident began at about 6:05 a.m. when officers went to Orange Avenue and Bixby Road in response to a report of a "woman screaming," said Long Beach police Officer Jackie Bezart.

The woman allegedly tried to run over the officers with her vehicle and then sped off, Bezart said.

The chase, carried live by local TV stations, went onto the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway and then onto the eastbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway.

The gray Scion sped past freeway traffic, at times going in excess of 100 mph, according to a helicopter camera crew tracking the pursuit. The chase was picked up by California Highway Patrol officers.

At one point, the woman drove in circles along a roadway, then stopped and got out of the vehicle gestured at officers and got back in -- even though the vehicle had started to roll forward -- and sped off.

Eventually, she drove onto the SR 241 tollway in Rancho Santa Margarita, and the chase ended near Oso Parkway shortly before 7 a.m. when several patrol vehicles pinned in the vehicle and officers pulled her out.

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