VIDEO: Naked woman leads deputies on chase

Barbara Arellano jail booking photo credit Sante Fe County Sheriff's Office

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A nude, female driver led Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a wild chase along a highway Saturday morning and it was all captured on camera.

According to a criminal complaint, the chaos started when drivers on I-25 northbound reported that a woman was throwing things out of her silver Toyota Rav4’s window.

A deputy decided to wait near an exit to catch the driver.

Sure enough, the car and driver in question exited and turned right in front of the deputy. The chase began.

The driver, identified as 51-year-old Barbara Arellano, didn’t pull over, but did turn on her car’s emergency flashers while fleeing. She then ran a red light, sped up to more than 100 miles an hour, and nearly ran another driver off the road. Then, when she tried to run through a red light, Arellano crashed into a truck that had the right of way.

Her car went flying. When she got out of her crashed car, things got weird. Arellano ran naked across the road, yelling and pointing at the deputy. It was all caught on dash camera.

Deputies chased her, off-camera, tackled and cuffed her. She reportedly struggled with them while yelling “Jehovah!” over and over again.

A bystander offered up a blue tarp to cover Arellano. She was then put into the back of a patrol car, where she continued yelling “Jehovah!”

Deputies had to put a mask over Arellano’s head because she tried spitting on them. At the jail, she refused to have her blood drawn to see if she was drunk or high. She also struggled with deputies and jail guards.

According to the criminal complaint, at one point Arellano did admit to doing heroin, taking pills and drinking whiskey before driving. She also told deputies that she suffers from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.

Arellano was charged with DWI, reckless driving, fleeing from police and battery on a peace officer. She was also picked up on an outstanding warrant for child abuse.

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