Woman Flees Deputy, Hits Utility Pole, Does Yoga – Redheaded Blackbelt

Jennifer Risch

Jennifer Risch

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 08-15-2019 at about 11:04 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious female who parked her vehicle (a silver Nissan X-Terra) and was trespassing on a piece of property near Valley Road and Eastside Road in Willits, California.

Deputies responded to the area, but were unable to locate the female.

At about 1:58 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were again dispatched to the same location. The reporting party advised MCSO dispatch that the female was back at the location and was lying face down in a field.

Deputies arrived and observed a white female adult sitting in the driver’s seat of the silver Nissan X-Terra.  The Deputies attempted to contact the female driver who was later identified as Jennifer Risch.

As they attempted to contact Risch, she started the vehicle and drove south on Eastside Road.

The Deputies turned their patrol vehicle around and followed Risch. While following the vehicle the Deputies observed Risch driving over the double solid yellow lines.

The Deputies attempted a traffic enforcement stop by activating the overhead emergency lights and siren. Risch continued on Eastside Road and failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren, at which time a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

Risch was driving with disregard for safety of pedestrians walking near the roadway, traveling over the solid double yellow lines and into the oncoming northbound traffic lane. Risch continued for approximately 2 miles at which point her vehicle veered off the roadway striking a utility pole splitting it in half.

Risch’s vehicle continued through a fence and came to a stop in a field approximately 100 yards east of the roadway near the intersection of Eastside road and East Hill road.

Risch opened the driver side door and exited. She then stood near her vehicle and began engage in what appeared to be “yoga” type poses.  Deputies called for medical and PG&E to respond and waited for additional Sheriff’s Office personnel to arrive before approaching Risch.

Once additional personnel arrived, Risch was taken into custody without incident. Risch was transported to a local hospital for examination.

Once Risch was medically cleared, she was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for Felony Reckless Evading 2800.2(A) VC and was to be held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail.

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