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Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after crash

Female driver also suspected of shoplifting before slamming into cars in Stevenson Ranch

Posted: January 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A woman who allegedly slammed into four parked cars in a Stevenson Ranch parking lot Sunday was arrested on suspicious of drunk driving, an officer with the California Highway Patrol said.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a motorist in a maroon Cadillac seen crashing into four parked cars in the lot in front of The Old Navy store on The Old Road.

Employees at both Old Navy and Marshalls clothing stores told The Signal they heard the sound of a car hitting another car and the sound of breaking glass. Cars damaged in the incident included a white Toyota Avalon and a black Toyota Camry, according to the CHP.

Employees of both stores said they saw a large group of people when they looked out onto the parking lot after hearing the commotion. They also saw broken glass and other debris including pieces of red tail lights and fenders.

When the driver of the Cadillac tried to leave the parking lot after hitting the four cars, a group of concerned people who witnessed the collisions ran after the driver and, according to the CHP, tried to pull her from the car.

A manager at Old Navy, who identified herself as Tanya, said she and her some staffers asked people in a crowd outside the store what happened.

“She crashed into about four vehicles and she hopped over the divider,” Tanya said, recalling what they told her. “She messed up the bottom of her car and she ended up in front of Party City.”

The glass store employees heard breaking was reportedly the sound of bottles being thrown from the Cadillac.
Tanya said investigators asked her to examine a bag reportedly found in the Cadillac.

“We recovered some of our merchandise,” she said, is believed to have been stolen. “It was shirts, pants — more than one hundred dollars worth.”

At 1 p.m., CHP officers arrested the driverof the Cadillac on suspicion she had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

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