A 43-year-old woman suspected of auto theft was arrested Friday after she used the vehicle to ram a sheriffs' patrol vehicle in unincorporated Woodcrest.
Deputies responding to a report of a vehicle theft in progress just after 4 p.m. in the 15000 block of Van Buren Boulevard learned Margaret Alvarez of Woodcrest had allegedly tried to run over several people and rammed a parked vehicle, said Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Chris Durham.
Someone fired a small caliber handgun at the vehicle's tires in an attempt to disable it, but although the shots flattened the tires, Alvarez was still able to drive off, Durham said.
Deputies located the vehicle in a driveway in the 16000 block of Stallion Place and ordered Alvarez to surrender, Durham said.
Instead, Alvarez allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and rammed a patrol vehicle.
After a brief struggle, deputies pulled Alvarez out and after a precautionary visit to a hospital booked her on suspicion of vehicle theft, assault with a deadly weapon and being under the influence of a controlled substance. She is being held Robert Presley Detention Center on $25,000 bail.
It was unclear if the person who fired shots at the vehicle was facing possible charges. --City News Service