A 47-year-old La Habra woman was charged Wednesday with leading police on a chase while intoxicated as officers attempted to stop her on an arrest warrant related to dog abuse charges.
Tiffini Kuuipo Tobe was charged with evading police while driving recklessly, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting and obstructing an officer and driving without a valid license.
An arrest warrant was issued last week when Tobe failed to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on misdemeanor charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment for a pit bull terrier that had to be put down, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
On Monday, California Highway Patrol Officers saw Tobe asleep at the wheel on the shoulder of the Riverside (91) Freeway and attempted to rouse her. Instead, Tobe, while intoxicated, punched the gas and led the officers on a chase that reached up to 90 mph, prosecutors allege.
Officers said they twice had to use maneuvers to stop her vehicle, which spun around at one point.
Tobe had two pit bulls under her care at the time of her arrest, despite a court order prohibiting her from having any animals, prosecutors allege.
One of her dogs — Alan — had to be euthanized in February of last year after he gnawed the skin off his own foot due to an untreated illness, according to prosecutors.
—City News Service