Law & Order

DRIVER ARRESTED: Police arrested an "extremely intoxicated" woman Thursday night after she struck two vehicles with her sport utility vehicle and drove away, a department spokesman said. Alysa Ann Wheeler, 27, of Modesto was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence and two counts of hit-and-run, said Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach. When officers finally caught up to Wheeler, they had to "bust open her window because she wouldn't get out of the car," Gundlach said. Wheeler kept falling down and cut her knees on some of the broken glass, he said. Inside the car, officers found two empty wine bottles, Gundlach said. Wheeler was treated at a hospital before she was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail. No other injuries were reported. The first collision occurred about 6:55 p.m. on Ninth Street in downtown Modesto, where she struck a black Mercedes, Gundlach said. The second collision occurred a few minutes later in the 1300 block of McHenry Avenue, just south of Orangeburg Avenue, he said. Officers, heading south on McHenry, were responding to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 1300 block of Rose Avenue when one of them saw Wheeler's Saturn SUV sideswipe a black Lincoln sedan. Gundlach said that the officer had heard on the radio moments earlier a similarly described SUV in the downtown hit-and-run. Wheeler continued driving north on McHenry after the collision as the officer made a U-turn and attempted to stop her, but she kept going. Gundlach said the short chase was slow -- only about 10 mph -- and Wheeler continued north on McHenry, across busy Briggsmore Avenue without hitting another vehicle, and she finally stopped near Tokay Avenue.