SANTA CRUZ — A San Jose woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after she slammed into the back of a GMC Yukon carrying six sixth-grade girls, the California Highway Patrol reported.
According to a witness who asked not to be identified, the girls were traveling back from a softball game at Scotts Valley Middle School when Inez Perez, 28, rear-ended them at a high rate of speed on southbound Highway 1 near Morrissey Boulevard.
“We noticed a car come racing behind us,” the witness said. “We were going 60, and it felt like we were at a stop the way they flew past us. I said to my husband, they are going to hit someone.”
Perez’s Volkswagen car slammed into the Yukon, shattering the window and breaking the axle.
Perez was arrested for suspicion of DUI and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on $5,000 bail, court records showed. She was not in custody Thursday.
The girls were checked by paramedics and sent home. They were in school Thursday, the witness said.
“It’s amazing they walked away with scratches,” she said. “We felt that someone was watching out for them.”
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