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Lakeport woman arrested on DUI charge after high-speed chase

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

A Lakeport woman was arrested early Saturday morning after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase along the north shore of Clear Lake.

Laurie Louise Cipriani, 38, was eventually stopped on southbound Highway 29 and arrested on multiple charges.

The chase began about 3 a.m. when two California Highway Patrol officers were alerted to a possible intoxicated driver heading to Lakeport from Mendocino County on Highway 20.

The two responding officers reported seeing a 2000 Ford Expedition speeding south on Highway 29, just south of the Highway 20 intersection.

The vehicle sped away from the officers, reaching speeds over 90 mph near the Nice-Lucerne Cuttoff, where officers attempted to make a stop, the CHP reported.

The vehicle continued south on Highway 29 before pulling over near the Park Way off-ramp.

Cipriani was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, felony evading and reckless driving. Drugs were also located inside the vehicle, officers reported.

(You can reach Staff Writer Brett Wilkison at 521-5295 or brett.wilkison@pressdemocrat.com.)

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