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* Rodney Romero and Marleny Arango Arrested by Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies After Pursuit

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A 25-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were arrested early this morning by Monterey County sheriff’s deputies after a brief pursuit through Marina led to a crash near an agricultural field, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. The incident began at about 12:15 a.m. when deputies tried to pull over a reckless driver of a yellow Chevrolet Monte Carlo on state Highway 1 near Imjin Parkway, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver, Rodney Romero, of Salinas, led authorities on a pursuit before crashing his vehicle. Romero and Marleny Arango, of Marina, ran into an agricultural field. Arango was found lying in the mud about 200 yards from where the car crashed, according to the sheriff’s office. She refused to obey the deputies’ commands to put her hands up, and when she appeared to be reaching for something underneath her, a deputy used a Taser to take her into custody. Arango was arrested for delaying and resisting arrest. Deputies searched for Romero, a known gang member on parole who had prior weapons charges. A canine unit from the Seaside Police Department assisted in the search and helped find Romero in a drainage ditch in the field. He was arrested and determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office. Both suspects were taken to Monterey County Jail and booked.

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