Woman pleads not guilty in alleged police chase, Lakeside Barricade – NBC 7 San Diego
A woman accused of driving the wrong way on a freeway, ramming into several law enforcement patrol cars, then barricading herself inside her vehicle in Lakeside, has pleaded not guilty 10 counts Monday, including four counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Last Thursday’s chase began around 1 a.m., with California Highway Patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of a wrong-way driver on State Route 67.
During the ensuing chase, police say the alleged driver, Donna Lee Barnhill, 57, rammed several patrol cars with a Chevrolet Camaro and then barricaded herself in the car on Gold Bar Way .
ABC 10 News reported that the suspect streamed the event live on Facebook during the confrontation. Footage from the chase shows the Camaro spinning and crashing into a curb, sending one of its tires rolling onto the pavement. The car stops and a deputy is later seen trying to open the driver’s side window.
Barnhill was initially jailed in the county jail on multiple counts of attempted murder, but now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon of a peace officer, resistance to the arrest and escape officers with reckless driving.
She faces more than a decade in state prison if convicted on all counts and remains in custody without bond.