Redlands woman held in alleged DUI crash during pursuit on 10 Freeway near Chiriaco Summit

Redlands woman held in alleged DUI crash during pursuit on 10 Freeway near Chiriaco Summit

A Redlands woman is expected to make a court appearance Monday after reportedly leading CHP officers on a chase on the eastbound 10 Freeway, crashing near Chiriaco Summit and causing a standoff with officers when she barricaded herself in her car.


The California Highway Patrol identified the woman as 39-year-old Diana Louisa Chagolla in a news release Friday.


Chagolla was arrested after the incident Thursday and booked into Riverside County Jail in Indio on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer, driving under the influence of drugs, and obstructing or resisting a peace officer. She is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


Chagolla is set to make an initial court appearance Monday morning at Indio Larson Justice Center, according to online jail records. The investigation is ongoing.


The pursuit and a subsequent collision by Chagolla and a CHP patrol car near Red Cloud Mine Road created a freeway backup that led to a fiery crash involving big-rigs as traffic slowed. Seven people were injured in the two crashes, including two CHP officers, and the eastbound 10 Freeway — a key transportation link to Arizona — was closed for almost four hours.


About 5:45 a.m. Thursday, a Nissan sedan was seen driving recklessly through a construction zone east of Washington Street. CHP officers tried to stop the Nissan, but the driver — later identified as Chagolla — continued east on the 10 Freeway until the car struck the guardrail east of Red Cloud, according to a CHP news release. The patrol car, while trying to avoid the crash, also struck the guardrail.


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Chagolla allegedly barricaded herself in the Nissan, which was blocking both lanes of traffic, leading to a standoff with officers. The CHP learned of a collision in the resulting backup at 6:35 a.m. about a mile and a half away.


A big-rig collided with two other big-rigs and a passenger car that were stopped. Two of the big-rigs caught fire.


The driver of one of the big-rigs was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Two people in another big-rig and the driver of the car also were injured.


Anyone with information about the crash can contact the CHP at 760-772-5300.


Staff writer Brian Rokos contributed to this report.