Woman plows truck into Palm Springs home

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A 27-year-old woman was behind bars today on suspicion of driving a pickup truck into a Palm Springs residence and then fleeing the scene.

Minica Starr Murrell of Palm Springs was arrested around 2:40 p.m. Sunday at Bon Air Drive and Corazon Avenue, about a half-hour after the crash was reported in the 300 block of Rosa Parks Drive.

Palm Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed said a GMC pickup slammed into the front of the residence, and a 50-year-old woman inside the home sustained leg and shoulder injuries.

Murrell allegedly left the scene, but officers found her nearby, Reed said.

``As officers approached the pickup, the driver ran from the vehicle. Officers chased the driver on foot across several streets and arrested her in the backyard of a nearby residence,'' the sergeant said.

She was ``driving at an unsafe speed and made an unsafe turn prior to the collision,'' but alcohol and drugs were not factors, Reed said.

The injured woman, whose name was not released, was transported to a nearby hospital.

Murrell was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. She was expected to be arraigned Wednesday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.

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