A 40-year-old Keyes woman was arrested Monday evening, March 26 after she led a police officer on a pursuit from the La Rosa Elementary School parking lot.
Office Mike Vierra was parked in the parking lot at La Rosa Elementary School at 2800 Eastgate Boulevard at 9:36 p.m. and noticed a woman sitting in a parked car about 50 yards away. After a few minutes he saw the woman open her door to vomit, then waited and started to leave while striking a curb two times on the way. Officer Vierra got behind the car and activated emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop her but driver Luz Loera-Esparza, 40, of Keyes, kept driving. She ran a red light on northbound Eastgate at Whitmore Avenue and continued at speeds of approximately 45 mph. Vierra saw her swerve and nearly strike the curb several times on Eastgate Boulevard. She ran the stoplight at Eastgate and Hatch Road and stopped in front of the gate located at the Ceres River Bluff Park entrance.
Loera-Esparza was ordered her out of her vehicle but had a hard time following directions. She was eventually arrested for failing to yield to a police officer.
Vierra detected signs of drugs or alcohol impairment. She was given a field sobriety test and appeared under the influence of drugs or alcohol and unable to operate a motor vehicle safety. A preliminary breath screening was performed which registered no blood alcohol content, ruling out alcohol as the impairment.
Esparza was transported to Doctors Medical Center where a urine sample was obtained for evidence and lab testing.
Esparza was transported to the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center jail and booked for misdemeanor DUI and failure to yield.