Woman with child in car arrested after leading police on chase

A 27-year-old shoplifter who led law enforcement on a wild chase through Carlsbad with an infant in her SUV was in custody today, a police lieutenant said.

Summer Nechelle Clark struck several parked cars with her Lincoln Navigator and drove onto sidewalks Monday evening before being arrested on Topmast Drive, Carlsbad police Lt. Bruce May said.

Police were sent to the Costco store at 951 Palomar Airport Road about 6:10 p.m. Monday to investigate a shoplifting complaint. The first officer to arrive blocked Clark’s SUV with his marked police cruiser as she backed out of a parking place.

When the officer got out to talk to the woman, she allegedly accelerated toward the officer, hitting some parked vehicles and ramming the police cruiser. May said the woman sped out of the parking lot and east on Palomar Airport Road.

The pursuit led onto Hidden Valley Road, where Clark went south, then east into a neighborhood before going north on Topmast Drive, where she got trapped in a cul-de-sac, then got out and ran, May said. She was found hiding in a yard, he said.

A female passenger in Clark’s vehicle was found to have a warrant and was arrested, May said. The baby was taken into protective custody.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, commercial burglary, child endangerment, felony evading and resisting a police officer. She was booked into the Vista jail. Bail was set at $100,000, according to jail records.