Driver arrested at Levy house

March 25, 2002 

(Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2001)

A Modesto woman was so eager to share her ideas on the Levy case Monday that she sped recklessly around the family's driveway to get attention, Sheriff's Department spokesman Kelly Huston said.

At about 9 a.m., Cathy Diane Yelkay, 43, cruised past the news crews gathered in front of the Levy house before making a U-turn and lurching at high speed around the horseshoe-shaped driveway, Huston said.

After flattening some of the lawn and nearly striking Chandra Levy's BMW, Yelkay zoomed south on Chenault Drive, pursued by deputies who had been stationed outside the rural home. She lost control of her car at an orchard a half mile away, at Patterson and Skittone roads.

She then revealed to deputies the message she wanted to give the Levys, Huston said.

"They told her, 'This is clearly not the forum for expressing your opinion,'" Huston said.

He declined to say what Yelkay's opinion was.

Yelkay was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of evading police, reckless driving, vandalism and driving on a suspended license. She was not under the influence of alcohol but told police she was taking medication for a psychological problem, Huston said.

Set to music

Motivated by the mystery of Levy's disappearance, a composer in Los Angeles wrote a 13-minute orchestral score called "Matters of Consequences." David Woodward said he hopes to have the piece performed simultaneously in Modesto and Washington, D.C., although no date or site has been determined. "It is my hope that this contemplative offering will effectively illuminate the symbolic bearings of Chandra's predicament," he said. The instrumental piece employs ocean and cat sounds in the background of standard chamber music instruments -- bassoons, contrabassoons, strings, timpani, gongs, tam tams and bass marimba.

Vance on TV

Donald Vance of Modesto, an attorney and friend of the Levy family, is scheduled to appear on "Larry King Live" at 6 p.m. today. The show airs on CNN. Vance -- who emphasizes he is not a spokesman for the family -- has been among Condit's most vocal critics throughout the ordeal. He carried an anti-Condit sign during last week's pro-Condit rally, but refused to press charges when a Condit backer tried to knock the sign out of his hand, police said.

-- By Bee staff writers John Gorenfeld and Jeff Jardine.

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