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Woman In Stolen RV With Dogs Leads Police On High-Speed Chase

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

A drunk driving suspect is in custody after she drove a stolen RV and led police on a dangerous high-speed chase in southern California Tuesday.

Julie Rainbird, 53, allegedly shredded the passenger side of the RV as it crashed into at least six cars during the chase, according to a report given to The Daily Caller News Foundation by the California Highway Patrol.

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One of the two dogs in the RV also jumped out of the vehicle and ran away, but appeared to be fine, as Rainbird weaved the lanes. (RELATED: Woman Jumps Out Of Van Because Of Spider On Her Lap. Car Rolls Right Into The River)

Rainbird then collided with a sedan at an intersection in Tarzana, California, leaving the man driving the sedan with a punctured lung and six broken ribs. She also left two other people injured when she crashed into their vehicle, ABC 7 reported.

The chase ended when the RV crashed into a tree. Law enforcement tackled Rainbird once she got out of her vehicle and tried to jump a fence. A second dog stayed by the woman’s side as the animal left a trail of bloody paw prints.

The injured dog was sent to a veterinarian while the first dog that leaped during the chase was recovered by animal control, ABC 7 reported. Rainbird was taken to a hospital to treat injuries.

She was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. and is expected to face driving under the influence, felony evading and felony hit-and-run charges, according to ABC 7.

Tarzana is a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

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