High-speed chase through three counties ends in Santa Barbara

Female driver arrested following...

GOLETA, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol arrested 56-year-old Karen Denise Deselms Tuesday morning accused of reckless driving and evading police following a high-speed chase that spanned three different counties and ultimately ended in the Santa Barbara area.

CHP says the pursuit began on Highway 126 in the community of Newhall, Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County at about 4:04 a.m. when the driver of a white 2016 Toyota Tacoma refused to stop to police.

Authorities say Deselms was the only person in the car at the time of the pursuit. She's accused of straddling traffic lanes and reaching speeds of up to 120 mph disregarding 

Santa Barbara area CHP was notified of the pursuit when it reached the area of northbound U.S. Highway 101 and Highway 33 after traveling through Ventura County. The following is a timeline of events from the CHP once the pursuit got into Santa Barbara County:

The Toyota eventually exited the freeway on La Cumbre Road/ Hope Ave and made a left turn towards La Cumbre Road. The driver of the Toyota made an abrupt right turn on La Cumbre Road and failed to stop for a red traffic signal, traveling through it at approximately 30 mph.

The Toyota proceeded northbound on La Cumbre Road towards SR-192.  It approached a red light on the intersection of La Cumbre Road at State Street at approximately 60 mph and proceeded through that intersection failing to stop.

The Toyota then ran a stop sign at the intersection of La Cumbre Road at Pueblo Avenue still driving over 60 mph and failed to stop, running the sign. The driver of Toyota reached SR-192 and made a left turn onto westbound SR-192 eventually reaching the intersection of Turnpike Road.  The Driver attempted to make a left turn at a high rate of speed, but turned too wide.

The Toyota nearly went off the road off the south west road edge of the intersection coming to a complete stop.  CHP Officers on scene initiated a felony stop ultimately taking the solo suspect into custody.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the pursuit. CHP says officers evaluated Deselms at the Santa Barbara CHP office and determined she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Her bail was set at $20,000.

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