Crime - Sacto 911

Woman ID’d after police chase, fatal crash on Garden Highway

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman who reportedly fled police Tuesday before her car crashed and burned along the Garden Highway.

The coroner’s website on Wednesday listed her as Andrea Rios, 31, of Clovis in Fresno County.

The incident began about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers got reports of a “shooting assault” in the 2600 block of Stonecreek Drive. Neighbors said a man had fired a rifle during a dispute.

A vehicle said to be connected to the shooting was driven from the scene, according to police. A man suspected in the shooting, a woman and a firearm used in the incident were thought to be in the car.

Police patrol units, assisted by a law enforcement helicopter, responded to the area. Rios, the driver of the car, was pulled over just west of Interstate 5 on Garden Highway.

Rios refused to shift her car into park and eventually sped away, according to police. Officers attempted to catch up with her, but the lead car in the pursuit lost sight of the speeding car. Officers came upon the vehicle not more than 2 miles from where the pursuit began.

The woman’s car had left the roadway, overturned and hit a tree before exploding into flames. Officers tried to get Rios out of the vehicle but were driven back by flames.

Rios was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday.

The man who was thought to be in the car was determined not to have been on board during the pursuit. He was found and questioned near the original scene of the alleged gunshot on Stonecreek Drive.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews