Woman in blue Corvette leads police on pursuit, two-hour standoff before surrendering

A short pursuit of a hit-and-run suspect led to an afternoon rush-hour standoff today that snarled traffic near the Santa Ana Auto Mall before the motorist was taken into custody.

The pursuit started late Monday afternoon when the motorist in a blue Corvette was involved in a hit-and-run crash then refused to pull over, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

California Highway Patrol officials told reporters at the scene that the driver, a 47-year-old woman, got on the southbound 55 Freeway and was traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph before exiting at Edinger Avenue, where she struck a white car and came to a stop near the auto mall.

CHP officers pulled up behind the car and stood with guns drawn, but the woman remained in the car for nearly two hours before finally surrendering.

Police at one point were unsure if the woman was refusing to come out of the car or was unconscious inside.

She emerged from the vehicle around 5:30 p.m. and was taken into custody, and paramedics were called to the scene to check her for injuries.

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