UPDATE 02/20/2016: Suspect located at Merced area motel and arrested by Merced PD on Friday 02-19-2016. Corina Rodriguez has been booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and evading officers.

MERCED, CA – On Thursday 02-18-2016 at 2:54 AM, Officer Wilkins observed two vehicles driving at a high rate of speed eastbound in the 1300 block of West 16th Street. Officer Wilkins attempted catch up to the vehicles as the second vehicle rammed the rear bumper of first vehicle. The vehicles continued northbound on M Street and drove near the Merced Police Department Central Station.

Merced PD dispatchers were also receiving a call from the occupants of the first vehicle reporting a possible domestic dispute. The first vehicle stopped at the Merced Police Department and the second vehicle turned back around southbound on M Street. Officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and continued to drive at unsafe speeds and failed to stop at several stop signs.

Officers continued to pursue the vehicle northbound on Highway 99 at speeds over 100 MPH. Officers were able to learn the identity of the driver. The suspect was identified as Corina Rodriguez. Rodriguez told officers on her cell phone she was not going to stop. Once Merced Police Officers were able to confirm Rodriguez’ identity and due to her willful disregard for the public’s safety, the pursuit was terminated on Highway 99 near the Shanks Road exit. Officers will be submitting the police report to the Merced County District Attorney’s office to request charges of assault with a deadly weapon and evading officers with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property. Officers later learned Rodriguez may have also been involved in another assault in the city of Livingston the previous evening.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is asked to contact Sergeant Solis at (209) 385-4703, or the Merced PD Tip Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

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