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Arrested 19-year-old had Lamorinda connection

By asoglin
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 at 5:32 pm in Lafayette.

A Walnut Creek woman on Tuesday led the Highway Patrol on a wild high-speed chase that ended with the petite blonde emerging from muddy Martinez backwaters in tears at gunpoint.

It was the second time in less than a year that 19-year-old Chelsea Geery was arrested in a public spectacle while allegedly trying to evade police. In October, she was arrested in view of Lafayette residents during a manhunt for auto burglars.

Tuesday’s pursuit began just before 9 a.m. when a CHP officer attempted to pull over Geery for speeding in a black 2001 Audi sedan on northbound Interstate 680 near Highway 4, CHP spokesman Scott Yox said.

The chase reached over 100 mph as Geery drove off the Pacheco exit, trying to elude the officer by crossing double yellow lanes and blindly traveling around a big rig before getting back on the freeway, Yox said.

She exited at the Marina Vista exit and traveled to the end of Waterfront Road, where she made a U-turn and came toward the CHP car “like a game of chicken,” Yox said. Both cars swerved at the last minute, and the Audi crashed into a fence and parked, unoccupied Honda Accord.

Geery continued down Marina Vista and, going 20 mph, traveled the wrong way up the freeway off-ramp and collided with a 2006 Honda Ridgeline, Yox said.

Geery and two male passengers got out of the Audi and ran in different directions.

Geery jumped into a slough leading to the Carquinez Strait. When an officer pointed a gun at her and ordered her out, Geery, who was soaking wet and in tears, complied and was arrested.

Passengers Michael Androyna, 21, and Travis Johnson, 23, both of Martinez, surrendered to police in the marshy tulle weeds. They were not arrested, but face consequences from their probation officers, Yox said.
The off-ramp was closed for an hour, but no one was injured.

Geery was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies, including driving a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, attempted assault on an officer, evading arrest, and driving the wrong way while evading police. Yox said the Audi was stolen in Oakland on May 9.

Court records show Geery was recently released from jail after serving a sentence for a series of auto burglaries in Lafayette on Oct. 28. She was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years probation after pleading no contest to grand theft and two counts of second-degree burglary.

In that case, Geery was out on bail for another burglary arrest and, police said, high on methamphetamine when a homeowner caught her and a 19-year-old friend ransacking cars in the Burton Valley neighborhood.

The two ran away and were found hiding in a backyard and garage by officers who combed the area with dogs and a helicopter. A crowd of residents cheered as police led them away in handcuffs.

— Malaika Fraley

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