Cognac-swilling driver chased on Highway 1 to Monterey County

SOQUEL — Authorities said an uncooperative woman was seen
drinking cognac from the bottle in the back seat of her van after
being chased by authorities on Highway 1 to Monterey County on
Tuesday morning, when she eventually was arrested, a California
Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Anne Figen, 61, of Monterey is accused of felony reckless
evading an officer and driving under the influence, according to an
arrest report.

It started on Soquel Wharf Road near Porter Street, when
Capitola police were attempting to stop what appeared to be an
intoxicated driver and the 2000 Honda Odyssey fled, Courtney said.
Highway Patrol followed the van on Highway 1 and tried twice to
stop the van with spike strips. The second attempt succeeded: The
minivan’s tires deflated near Del Monte Boulevard North.

“With flattened tires, the driver continued to flee from
officers and attempted to make a U-turn in the dirt median just
north of Reservation Road,” Courtney said.

The van became stuck and the driver climbed to the back
seat.

“The driver refused to comply with officers’ instructions to
exit the van, but the driver could be seen drinking from a large
bottle, which was later determined to be cognac,” Courtney
said.

Officers had to break the van’s windows for access to the
driver.

The driver was convicted in September of failure to heed a stop
sign in May 2018, according to court documents. She also was
convicted in 2014 of driving while using a phone.

Figen was booked at Santa Cruz County Jail, where she remained
Tuesday afternoon.

No bail was set.

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Cognac-swilling driver chased on Highway 1 to Monterey County