A Flagstaff woman transporting two children was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after she led police on a high-speed chase, officers said.
Chelsea Yazzie, 20, of Flagstaff, was arrested Saturday at about 3 a.m.
A Coconino County sheriff's deputy said Yazzie was engaged "in driving behavior that is often inductive of an impaired driver" as she headed southbound on Highway 89 toward Flagstaff.
The deputy stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Country Club and Cortland. As the deputy approached, Yazzie stepped on the accelerator and fled, sheriff's officials said.
Yazzie drove to an apartment complex, turned in the parking lot and quickly exited, almost striking a sheriff's marked patrol vehicle, deputies said.
As the vehicle proceeded eastbound on Cortland Boulevard, it almost struck two Flagstaff Police Department patrol cars, sheriff's investigators said.
Yazzie eventually lost control of the vehicle, causing it to strike the curb and travel backwards off of the roadway.
Deputies said as they approached, they found Yazzie in the driver's seat and a 20-year-old woman in the front passenger seat. They also saw the two children, ages 2 and 11, in the back seat.
Although the 2-year-old was in a safety seat, she was not properly belted in, the deputies said. The two adults were taken to the Coconino County Detention Facility, and the children were released to a family member.
Yazzie was booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated DUI, unlawful flight from a law enforcement officer and child endangerment.
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