Civilian car chase leads to arrest
A suspected hit-and-run DUI driver was arrested Tuesday morning after one of the people she allegedly hit followed her for several minutes and alerted police to their location.
The driver, Alejandra Fausto Lopez, 22, drove through the center of the median in a white Audi A4 and hit two vehicles while they waited at a stoplight near the intersection of highway 50 and Al Tahoe Boulevard at about 9:30 a.m., according to Cody Phillips, 28, whose car was hit during the incident.
Phillips then followed Lopez, who pulled into a gas station, but she didn’t stop.
“At one point, I get to the side of her and I get in front of her and I stop. And she stops behind me. I get out and say, ‘stop, what are you doing,’ and she comes right at me and she almost hits me,” Phillips said. “I had to jump out of the way.”
Philips continued following her for about 10 minutes while he called police for assistance. The civilian chase continued onto Pioneer Trail in the area of Black Bart Avenue.
According to Phillips, Lopez reached speeds of about 50 mph, but was regularly slowed down by traffic.
The two then drove up to Golden Bear Trail into a residential area and drove around for a few minutes before she went back around to Pioneer Trail.
When they came back to Pioneer Trail, police officers were waiting.
Still, Lopez did not immediately stop. She drove by a construction zone before she stopped a few hundred feet west of Golden Bear Trail.
Lopez was then arrested without incident.
There was no report of injury from the two victims who were hit by Lopez’s car, South Lake Tahoe Police Department Officer Donna Kingman said at the scene.
Phillips’ car, also an Audi, received paint damage to the back bumper. Damage to the second vehicle, which stopped at a different location, was not immediately reported.
Lopez was arrested on a felony charge of attack with a deadly weapon for allegedly nearly hitting Phillips with her car. She was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of DUI, hit-and-run and obstructing a peace officer.
She was booked at the South Lake Tahoe Jail.