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Chico police arrest repeat DUI offender after short pursuit

Early Sunday morning police in Chico stopped a driver at the entrance gate to Lower Bidwell Park and made an arrest.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 5:33 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 11:09 AM

CHICO, Calif. – A repeat DUI offender was arrested by Chico police officers after a brief chase early Sunday morning, Chico Police Department said.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, a report came into police dispatch about a “possibly intoxicated driver near the downtown Chico area.” The caller told dispatch that the driver “nearly collided head-on with at least two separate vehicles being driven on the roadway.”

Chico police said they tried to stop the driver, who they said refused to stop for officers. They said a brief slow-speed pursuit took place, ending at the gate at the entrance of Lower Bidwell Park.

According to Chico Police Department, the driver was 44-year-old Veronica Gonzalez. They said she was found to be “under the influence of alcohol.”

Police said Gonzalez had “numerous” previous convictions for driving under the influence.

Gonzalez was charged with felony DUI, felony probation violation and evading arrest.

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