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A woman apparently trying to evade arrest for an outstanding warrant led deputies on a roughly 20-minute North County pursuit Wednesday, causing a series of collisions before finally crashing to a halt and getting arrested.

The road chase began shortly before 12:30 p.m., when the driver of a Toyota Tacoma made an unsafe lane change on San Marcos Boulevard, forcing a deputy in a nearby unmarked vehicle into a collision with another car, according to sheriff’s officials.

The driver of the pickup truck, later identified as parolee Alicia Samantha Edwards, stopped briefly, but sped off as the deputy approached her vehicle to contact her about the traffic accident.

As Edwards began fleeing, a man and woman jumped out of the truck and ran off, Deputy David Arnold said.

During an ensuing chase through San Marcos and into Escondido, the pickup collided with several vehicles. The pursuit ended in the area of Auto Park Way and Andreason Drive, when the Tacoma crashed into the back of a large truck, Arnold said.

Medics took Edwards to a hospital for treatment of injuries of undisclosed severity.

Upon her release from medical care, Edwards will be booked into county jail on various felony charges, including hit-and-run and evading police, Arnold said.

The nature of the outstanding warrant for Edwards’ arrest was not immediately clear.

–City News Service

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