A Santa Cruz man was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after a woman was apparently shoved out of his vehicle as it traveled along state Highway 1 in Monterey County Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. Witnesses reported observing physical violence in a white Toyota 4 Runner as it moved south on Highway 1 between Watsonville and Moss Landing at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. Items were flung from the vehicle and the door was opened several times as it was moving before the woman was allegedly thrown from the car, according to the witness reports. Deputies located the vehicle and attempted to arrest the driver, 48-year-old James Edward Pollard, but Pollard disobeyed orders and ran from the deputies. Pollard was ultimately taken into custody after a brief chase, and deputies determined he had been driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies found the woman with scrapes and redness in her face consistent with blows to the face, but additional information on her condition was unavailable. A domestic violence restraining order issued in Santa Cruz County allowed for peaceful contact only between Pollard on the woman. He was arrested and booked into jail by Monterey County sheriff’s deputies for domestic violence, violation of a protective order, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content greater than the 0.08, the legal limit.
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