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Redlands woman charged in 10 Freeway pursuit that triggered 2 crashes near Chiriaco Summit

A woman who allegedly led California Highway Patrol officers on a freeway pursuit that ended with a crash and traffic backup , which triggered a fiery second crash involving three big-rigs, was charged Monday with felony evading arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest.
Diana Chagolla, 39, of Redlands is accused in the Thursday morning chase and crash on the 10 Freeway, which led to a second freeway crash near Chiriaco Summit that sent eight people to hospitals.
Chagolla allegedly drove recklessly through a construction zone on the 10, east of Washington Street, at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, triggering a pursuit that stretched across the desert east of the Coachella Valley.
Just after 6 a.m., Chagolla crashed her Nissan sedan into a center median guardrail east of Red Cloud Mine Road, and a CHP unit trailing her also crashed into the guardrail while swerving to avoid the Nissan, according to CHP Officer Ramon Perez.
Chagolla then barricaded herself in her car on the freeway, causing a traffic buildup that stretched more than a mile west of the crash scene, Perez said. He said the motorist was detained at 6:49 a.m., and taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons, prior to being booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio, where she’s being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The two CHP officers in the crashed patrol unit complained of pain and were also taken to a hospital to be checked out.
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As traffic grew behind the scene of the standoff, Perez said a truck driver “failed to see the stopped traffic” in front of him and crashed into two other big-rigs and a sedan, leaving two of the trucks engulfed in flames.
Two of the big-rig drivers were airlifted to hospitals with major injuries, while the sedan driver and a passenger in one of the trucks were hospitalized with moderate injuries, Perez said. The Riverside County Fire Department also reported a fifth person was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Eastbound traffic lanes were completely blocked until 10 a.m., with traffic backing up for about eight miles as a result.
Chagolla was slated to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Indio.

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