On October 4, 2018, Cpl. O’Connor was in the 22700 block of Three Notch Road in California, when she observed traffic was at a standstill at a green light, and heard numerous car horns.  Cpl. O’Connor observed a vehicle sitting stationary in lane 1, with its hazard lights activated.  Cpl. O’Connor approached the vehicle, at which point she observed the operator of the vehicle on her cell phone, and also saw two juvenile children in the vehicle. 

The operator of the vehicle refused to roll her window down, and Cpl. O’Connor could observe the operator of the vehicle to have glossy eyes.  The operator continued to refuse to roll her window down, and turned her vehicle on, and sped away, nearly striking Cpl. O’Connor.  Cpl. O’Connor attempted to stop the vehicle, however the operator refused to stop, ran several red lights, cut off several vehicles, and almost collided with a vehicle stopped in a turn lane.  The operator was unable to operate her vehicle within a single lane, and repeatedly operated her vehicle utilizing two lanes. 

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bernadette Marie Walker, age 47 with no fixed address, ultimately stopped the vehicle in a parking lot in the 22700 block of Three Notch Road in California.  Walker refused to allow the juvenile children to open the doors, or exit the vehicle.  Walker was ultimately extracted from the vehicle. 

Walker was arrested and charged with Child Neglect, Attempt by Driver to Elude Uniformed Police, and Attempt by Driver to Elude.  This case remains open pending possible additional charges.  CASE# 53122-18