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Swerving driver hits pickup in northeast Modesto

A woman arrested today after police received reports she was running people off the road is the wife of an Oakdale man who last week pleaded guilty in the deaths of five people in a 2006 crash.

Investigators said Falisha Abreu, 22, was driving erratically along eastbound Patterson Road in northeast Modesto around 7:30 a.m. Investigators said she struck a pickup truck on Patterson Road, turned south on Coffee and eventually got stuck in the roundabout at Coffee and Claratina Avenue.

Officers used a loudspeaker and asked her to move her vehicle, but she did not respond. Officers found a mattress lodged under her 1990 Ford LTD, said California Highway Patrol officer Tom Killian.

"They think she might have picked that up on the shoulder," Killian said. "No one is quite sure where the mattress came from."

No one was injured, although Abreu complained of stomach pains. Officers didn’t know if the pain was pre-existing or related to the incident. She was taken to Memorial Medical Center and released to family members.She could not be reached by phone.

Last week, her husband, Justin Chase Christensen, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. On Dec. 7, 2006, Christensen's pickup drifted into oncoming traffic on Valley Home Road and into carrying nursery workers to the Valley Crest Tree Co. He is free on bail, awaiting sentencing.

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