Sheriff's Office: Drunk driver leads deputy on a chase with child on lap

Raquel Gonzalez (Photo courtesy Fresno County Sheriff's Department)

A Fresno County Sheriff's deputy tried to pull over a suspected drunk driver at Highway 99 and Highway 180 early Saturday morning.

That's when, deputies say, Raquel Gonzalez refused to pull over and lead them on a chase that reached a top speed of 70 mph, only stopping when she had reached a home on Thomas Avenue.

Gonzalez got out of her car holding a 3-year-old girl, later determined to be her niece.

Deputies say she failed the sobriety tests and was arrested.

Deputies said there wasn't a car seat in the car.

They later learned that the little girl was on Gonzalez's lap during the entire car chase.

Child Protective Services took custody of the three-year-old, according to deputies.

Anyone with additional information about this case or the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111, Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or You will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.

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