Thursday Mar 15 2012
Granite Bay woman leads CHP on high-speed chase
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
A Granite Bay woman was arrested last week after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a chase that spanned four counties and reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Jennifer Zinn, 44, was taken into custody in Alameda County after CHP officers had to deploy road spikes to stop her 2005 green Ford Expedition. According to the CHP, Zinn refused to yield when she was being stopped for speeding on Interstate 80 near Reed Avenue in West Sacramento shortly after 9 a.m. on March 9. Zinn then led officers on a pursuit along Interstate 80 before heading south on Interstate 680 in Fairfield, according to Steve Creel, of the CHP Dublin area. Creel said that Zinn led officers on a 117-mile chase that spanned Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties in about 75 minutes. “It is fortunate for us that it was light Friday traffic, after the commute,” Creel said. “We’re fortunate that there wasn’t heavier traffic.” The pursuit came to an end near Sunol after Zinn exited the freeway and re-entered into the northbound lanes of Interstate 680, and officers used spike strips to flatten the front left tire of the vehicle. Zinn was taken into custody without incident, Creel said, and booked into the Alameda County Jail on suspicion of felony evading. Creel said that Zinn was not driving under the influence and he could not offer a reason as to why she refused to pull over since the case has been handed over to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney, said she could not release any information about the case because it is currently under review at the district attorney’s Pleasanton office. No one was injured in the chase and no other vehicles were involved. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.