A woman fleeing police in a stolen truck nearly lost her life Thursday morning when the high-speed chase ended in a collision and fire in Gilroy.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, California Highway Patrol officers spotted the stolen Chevy Silverado in Los Banos and pursued the driver north into Gilroy just after 7 a.m.
The driver, identified as 40-year-old Lydia Rubio of Los Banos, lost control of the vehicle after speeding over a spike-strip set out by the CHP on a sharp curve near the Gilroy Premium Outlets. The truck then smashed into a power pole, downing power lines, and caused a small grass fire, the Mercury News reports.
Rubio was trapped in the vehicle for a short time while her two passengers, also of Los Banos, managed to exit the wreckage on their own. Once she was freed, she was airlifted to Regional Medical Center of San Jose where she was treated for internal bleeding, according to the CHP.
The passengers, 32-year-old David Olmos and 38-year-old Kimberly Olson, sustained minor injuries. Olmos complained of pain and Olson suffered a broken pelvis, the Mercury reports. Olmos was also arrested by CHP officers.
The stolen SUV was a government-issued vehicle that reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour during the chase from Casa de Fruta on Highway 152 in southern Santa Clara County to Canada Road in Gilroy, where the collision occurred.
According to the Mercury News, part of the encroaching fire was extinguished by a CHP sergeant before it could engulf the vehicle while Rubio was unconscious inside. Firefighters put out the rest of the blaze while PG&E crews shut off power.
CHP Officer Jaime Rios said Rubio was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of a stolen vehicle, and evading police.