The Hollister Police Department has taken a suspected DUI motorist into custody after she crashed her vehicle into a disabled truck while trying to evade police, causing injury to her 3-year-old son who was riding alongside her. The traffic crash, which took place on Sunday, April 12, in Hollister, California, may require the intervention of a drunk driving attorney.
According to the police, the incident began when a 22-year-old woman, identified as Natalie Gartman, got into a fight with a family member and brandished a knife during the frenzy.
Observers then reported the armed woman to the police, who arrived at the location shortly after. Responding officers met the woman’s absence and were told that she fled the scene with her 3-year-old son in her vehicle.
Deputies spotted the woman driving the described car a few miles off the fight location and attempted to pull her over, but she boycotted the police cruiser and drove off at a high rate of speed.
Officers followed in pursuit of the woman, who failed to stop until she drove her car into a truck which was parked on Valley View Road.
The impact of the collision forced the truck to collide with another vehicle, resulting in serious damages to her car and two other vehicles.
Gartman, who police believe was under the influence of alcohol, sustained injuries in the crash, and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The toddler was also hospitalised for a leg injury suffered in the crash.
The suspect is faced with charges of brandishing a knife, evading police, and felony child endangerment. She is also charged with DUI-alcohol, which may be reviewed by an experienced drunk driving attorney.
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