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Woman driving backward on Harbor Boulevard arrested on DUI charge

June 4, 2012 |  9:18 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

A Huntington Beach woman driving backward on Harbor Boulevard struck two police cars before being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, a Costa Mesa police officer said.

Marisela Lucero, 43, was spotted in the 2000 block of Harbor Boulevard about 12:50 p.m. Saturday in a black Toyota Sequoia. She was driving in reverse in the northbound lanes, headed toward the intersection with 19th Street, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Brent McKinley told the Daily Pilot.

Multiple unsuccessful attempts were made by responding officers to get Lucero to pull over. As she approached 19th Street, an officer attempted to block her vehicle with his own. Lucero hit the police unit and then maneuvered around it, but then got out of the Toyota.

Her car remained running in reverse and hit a second police car.

Lucero was arrested by officers on suspicion of drunk driving. McKinley said Lucero may also have been taking prescription medicine.


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Image: Approximate location of the incident is shown in red. Credit: Google Maps