A man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman led authorities on a pursuit spanning from Cabazon into San Bernardino County Thursday, and was thwarted by two Riverside County animal control officers who saw the woman waving at them from the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle.

The incident began at around 2 p.m. on Interstate 10 in Cabazon, when Animal Control Lt. Luis Rosa and Sgt. Miguel Hernandez saw a woman waving at them from the back of an SUV, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

The woman appeared to be in distress and “was waving to us, as if to say `Help me! Help me!”’ Rosa said.

The SUV then “zipped across multiple lanes” and exited at Haugen Lehmann Way, then reentered eastbound Interstate 10.

Rosa and Hernandez informed additional law enforcement agencies, which followed the driver as he entered state Route 62 toward Yucca Valley, where he eventually surrendered to pursuing San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies.

“We don’t know all the details, but today felt very good that we may have helped her out,” Lt. Rosa said. “We’ll never know for sure, but we feel that we may have saved her life and maybe stopped him from taking his own life. We hope she’ll be OK.”

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