woman in handcuffs

A 40-year-old Eureka woman was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated after she allegedly rammed a van through the entrance gate at Six Flags, 4900 Six Flags Road, sped across the parking lot and smashed through a chain-link fence before getting stuck in a grassy area, Eureka Police reported.

Police were called to the amusement park at 12:55 p.m. Sept. 2. A security guard told authorities he saw the woman drive a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica off the road as she approached the front gate before stopping in front of it, the report said.

The security guard said the van then accelerated, forcing the gate open, and traveled across the lot at a high rate of speed before going through a chain-link fence at the south end of the lot. The van then got stuck in the grass, and the driver was detained by security personnel until police arrived, according to the report.

An estimated cost for the damage was not provided, the report said.

The woman allegedly told officers she was trying to get home and that she had been drinking. She allegedly failed a field sobriety test, was arrested and transported to the Police Station.

She was released when sober. Eureka Police will seek charges for DWI and destruction of property against the woman through the Eureka Municipal Court, Capt. David Wilson said.

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