June 2, 2012 8:09 p.m.
A woman on prescription drugs drove in reverse into oncoming traffic for hundreds of yards – at one point exiting the vehicle and allowing her vehicle to continue unoccupied – before a collision with a police cruiser brought her vehicle to a halt just yards from a busy intersection, authorities said.
Marisela Lucero, 43, of Huntington Beach argued with her boyfriend at Harbor Bay Motel, then got behind the wheel of her black Toyota Sequoia and reversed out of the parking lot around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Then she just kept on going, said Sgt. Brent McKinley of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
“She continued driving in reverse, southbound, in the northbound lane,” McKinley said.
Costa Mesa police Officer M. Cohen spotted her shortly after she left the hotel and pulled ahead of Lucero to block her vehicle, blaring his siren and lights to clear the lanes of other drivers and shouting for her to stop, McKinley said.
But Lucero was “incoherent,” “erratic” and would not respond, McKinley said. Cohen was forced to gun his vehicle ahead of Lucero’s SUV, which was reversing at about 5-10 mph, to try to stop the Sequoia with his police cruiser, McKinley said. In response, Lucero swerved to avoid Cohen’s vehicle, hit the brakes and tried to exit.
But when Lucero got out of the vehicle, the unoccupied Sequoia began to move in reverse again, heading toward the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and 19th Street, McKinley said. Cohen got out of his car and tried to pull Lucero out of the way, but the still-open driver-side door of her SUV knocked both of them to the pavement and damaged the door of Cohen’s police cruiser.
Costa Mesa police Officer N. Brown spotted the unoccupied vehicle and gunned her police cruiser into the path of the runaway Sequoia. The two vehicles collided, stopping just a few yards short of Harbor Boulevard and 19th Street.
“If they hadn’t blocked that vehicle, it would have caused some serious traffic collisions at that intersection,” McKinley said.
Cohen and Brown were uninjured, and Lucero suffered minor scrapes on her hands, McKinley said. The only vehicles or property that suffered any damage were Lucero’s vehicle and the two police cruisers. No bystanders were harmed.
Lucero was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and is being held in lieu of $2,500 bail.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
41991531 333596 62
her path of destiny = 62 = Arrested. Jail.
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