A Mill Valley woman driving on a suspended license struck the open door of a parked car as a father was pulling his twin 5-year-old sons from it last Thursday, scaring the family and leading to the driver's arrest after a foot chase, Central Marin Police said.
Beth Anne Kelley, 47, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and driving without an ignition interlock device on her car as was required for people with multiple DUI convictions, Central Marin Police Sgt. Hamid Khalili said.
Police said Kelley was driving at a high rate of speed down the hill in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue in Corte Madera at around 3:45 p.m. Aug. 15 when she struck an open door of a parked vehicle. A resident had parked the car outside his home and was unloading his sons when the incident occurred, Khalili said.
Kelley's car narrowly avoided striking the father who was holding one of his sons when the collision occurred, Khalili said, and the father and son were briefly pinned between the suspect’s car and the rear door of his car vehicle. No one was injured in the incident, he said.
After the collision, the man called police and said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and had fled the scene on foot, Khalili said.Police went to the scene and spotted the suspect a few blocks away. She fled again on foot and was taken into custody at First Street and Montecito Drive after a brief foot chase, Khalili said.
Police identified the suspect as Beth Anne Kelley and arrested her. Kelley’s driver's license was suspended for previous DUI arrests, Khalili said, and an investigation determined that Kelley’s vehicle was not equipped with an ignition interlock device as was required.
Kelley was booked into the Marin County Jail on violation of felony DUI, hit and run, obstruct/resist an officer, drive while suspended or revoked for DUI, and driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. She remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.