RIO VISTA — A female driver was shot by officers after a pursuit on Montezuma Hills Road early Saturday, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver, 69-year-old Rio Vista resident Elizabeth Collinge, was pulled over by Rio Vista police officers after failing to stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of Second and Main streets in Rio Vista. She initially stopped then placed the vehicle into reverse, backing into the Rio Vista police car, according to the Sheriff’s Department. She fled from the scene in a pickup truck. A sheriff’s deputy and two additional Rio Vista police units joined in the pursuit.
The pursuit continued west on Montezuma Hills Road toward Collinsville. Speeds reached 80 mph until Collinge stopped in the Collinsville Day Use Area parking lot off Collinsville Road. When she exited her truck, she did not surrender and got back into the vehicle attempting to drive through a sheriff’s patrol car and a Rio Vista police car blocking her path of escape, police said. Officers ran for safety to avoid being struck.
Two Rio Vista officers and one sheriff’s deputy opened fire on Collinge in an effort to stop her from driving at them, according to police. Collinge drove her truck into a dirt embankment and was taken into custody. She appeared to have suffered at least two gunshot wounds and was transported to John Muir Medical Center for further treatment and cleared for incarceration a few hours later.
Collinge was booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of felony battery on a peace officer, felony evading a police vehicle, and delaying/ obstructing peace officers in the performance of their duty. Her bail was set at $71,666. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday in Fairfield.
This case remains under investigation.
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