Police: DUI Driver Hit Vehicle in Virginia Funeral Procession, Led Police on High-Speed Chase

A woman driving under the influence hit a vehicle in a funeral procession and led authorities on a high-speed chase, police say.

The pursuit involving 22-year-old Kara Rene Deans, of Bealeton, Virginia, reached speeds of more than 100 mph at times, the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies were escorting a funeral procession outside of Warrenton about 12:30 p.m. Saturday when Deans, who was driving a red Ford Focus, began aggressively changing lanes and ended up between the sheriff's cruiser and the hearse, authorities said.

She then passed Sgt. Chad Brubaker's car, followed by another vehicle, the sheriff's office said. The driver of that car pulled up alongside Brubaker and said they had been rear-ended by the Focus while in the funeral procession.

Brubaker tried to stop the driver of the Focus, who kept driving and then made a U-turn in a median on Lord Fairfax Drive, losing the car's inner fender well cover. The car later crossed the median on Meetze Road and "became disabled" in the opposite lane of traffic, authorities said.

Deans was then arrested.

She is charged with DUI, felony eluding, felony hit and run, and interfering with a funeral procession. She is being held without bond.

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