Woman who led police on high speed car chase into the PACIFIC OCEAN at Venice Beach is identified as new video shows her attempting to swim to shore after abandoning her two Boston Terriers – before being arrested

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Jessica Reynolds, 39, was arrested after plunging her car into the ocean after leading California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase on Saturday night
  • She is a real estate appraiser from Portales, New Mexico, and was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after her rescue
  • New video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Reynolds thrashing in the water while attempting to swim away from rescuers before tiring

The woman who led cops on a dramatic high-speed car chase in Los Angeles that ended with her plunging her luxury SUV into the Pacific Ocean has been pictured and identified for the first time by DailyMail.com. 

Jessica Reynolds, 39, a real estate appraiser from Portales, New Mexico, was arrested early Sunday morning after being pulled out of the water by Sheriff’s deputies at Venice Beach Pier. 

Bystander footage shared on social media at the time showed Reynolds frantically trying to swim away from cops who were attempting to rescue her after driving her silver BMW X3 across the sand and into the ocean, and abandoning her two dogs in the waterlogged SUV.

An arrest report obtained by DailyMail.com confirms Reynoldshad attempted to swim ‘several hundred yards into the ocean before requiring rescue from the Marina Sheriff Department and the U.S. Coast Guard.’ 

She was taken to Marina Hospital for treatment and placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. She was booked on charges of evading police. 

Jessica Reynolds, 39, was arrested after plunging her car into the Pacific Ocean after leading California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase on Saturday night

New video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Reynolds thrashing in the water while attempting to swim back to shore before being rescued by Sheriff's deputies

Jessica Reynolds

New video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Reynolds thrashing in the water while attempting to swim back to shore before being rescued by the USCG

Reynolds, a real estate appraiser from New Mexico, was taken to Marina Hospital for treatment and later booked into custody on charges of evading police

Reynolds, a real estate appraiser from New Mexico, was taken to Marina Hospital for treatment and later booked into custody on charges of evading police

Authorities also managed to rescue Reynolds’s two Boston Terriers before the vehicle was dragged away by the current, according to the report. 

The dogs were then taken into custody by Animal Control. 

According to charging sheet, the high speed pursuit began at 11:49pm after police had attempted to pull Reynolds over for speeding.

Jessica Reynolds is a real estate appraiser who works in Lincoln, Otero and Chaves Counties in New Mexico

Jessica Reynolds is a real estate appraiser who works in Lincoln, Otero and Chaves Counties in New Mexico

But in scenes mimicking that of an action movie, the traffic stop quickly devolved into chaos after Reynolds failed to stop, forcing police to give chase on the I-105.  

The pursuit entered the West Los Angeles area at speeds of up to 85mph, eventually leaving the freeway at Jefferson Blvd and leading police through several city streets at 35-65mph. 

Reynolds eventually made her way on to Washington Blvd towards Venice Beach where she continued to avoid capture and drove straight into the ocean just a couple of minutes after midnight.

Witness Frederic Stevens told Traffic News LA: ‘We saw a car speed into the parking lot and then it disappeared for a second and then it hurtled over and we saw tracks in the sand. 

‘It just drove into the water – stuff flying everywhere.’

Officials from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol can be heard relaying the shocking turn of events as they unfolded, in  dispatch audio obtained by DailyMail.com.

Officers are heard describing the suspect as a ‘female approximately 40 years of age.’  

‘Vehicle went into the ocean just south of the pier. Occupant is still in the vehicle,’ one officer says in the clip. 

‘Driver is out of the vehicle, she’s going towards the ocean away from the car… Driver is trying to swim into the ocean.’

An arrest report obtained by DailyMail.com confirms the woman had attempted to swim 'several hundred yards into the ocean before requiring rescue from the Marina Sheriff Department and the U.S. Coast Guard

An arrest report obtained by DailyMail.com confirms the woman had attempted to swim ‘several hundred yards into the ocean before requiring rescue from the Marina Sheriff Department and the U.S. Coast Guard

Reynolds led police to Venice Beach Pier after refusing to pull over for speeding

Reynolds led police to Venice Beach Pier after refusing to pull over for speeding 

She was seen paddling in the water, while deputies aboard a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department vessel attempted to rescue her by tossing a flotation donut into the ocean

She was seen paddling in the water, while deputies aboard a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department vessel attempted to rescue her by tossing a flotation donut into the ocean

‘Requesting coast guard. Wearing black shirt and possible Levis, trying to swim into the ocean. 

‘Driver still swimming into the ocean away from the car.’ 

Reynolds was ultimately pulled from the roiling waves after swimming ‘like a professional athlete’ from the doomed car towards the fishing pier on Venice Beach, California.

‘It was like something out of an action movie, with this car barreling through on the sand and plunging into the water’ an onlooker, who gave her name as Sarah Jane, told DailyMail.com on Saturday. 

She said she was surprised the woman survived. 

According to the CHP, officers attempted to pull the car over for speeding on the 10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

The chase ended in Venice when the woman drove her car across the sand and into the Pacific Ocean. 

‘It was cold, dark and the waves were choppy,’ said Sarah Jane, a tourist visiting from England. 

‘I really don’t know how she managed to survive, let alone swim such a long distance.’

While onlookers on the pier tried to help by yelling out to the woman, some were not as supportive when they discovered the driver had left two of her dogs in the car.

According to the California High Patrol, officers attempted to pull the car over for speeding on the 10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles

According to the California High Patrol, officers attempted to pull the car over for speeding on the 10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles 

One of the dogs managed to get out of the vehicle and swim to shore while the second was rescued by lifeguards

One of the dogs managed to get out of the vehicle and swim to shore while the second was rescued by lifeguards 

Video footage shows the dramatic moment two lifeguards approach the submerged car holding flashlights while looking for any other passengers. 

As one lifeguard peers in, he motions to the other lifeguard suggesting someone is in the vehicle.

Next, the lifeguard opened the backseat door while waves slammed against the car – only to pull out a small dog, a Boston Terrier. 

The lifeguard is then seen walking back towards the sand where two red lifeguard pickup trucks are parked with other onlookers watching in disbelief. 

‘Another dog, another Boston Terrier, managed to get out of the car when it was still in motion hurling down the sand. 

‘He was seen nervously scampering around on the sand, until someone picked him up and held him or her trying to calm it down,’ said Josh Sullivan, who was walking his own dog at the time of the incident. 

A woman has been rescued from the Pacific Ocean after driving her SUV into the sea during a high speed chase with the LAPD on Sunday

A woman has been rescued from the Pacific Ocean after driving her SUV into the sea during a high speed chase with the LAPD on Sunday 

A spotlight is shone on the woman, who was in the water after plunging into the surf

A spotlight is shone on the woman, who was in the water after plunging into the surf

On Sunday morning, her car was hauled out of the water ¿ much to the bewilderment of passersby

On Sunday morning, her car was hauled out of the water – much to the bewilderment of passersby

The woman was seen paddling in the water, while a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department boat attempted to rescue her by tossing a flotation donut into the ocean which she grabbed onto and was then hoisted onto the boat. 

According to Officer Erik Larson with the California Highway Patrol, the chase began at 11:21pm Saturday in El Monte and ended at 12:03 Sunday in Venice Beach.

‘Both dogs were picked up by animal control,’ Larson told DailyMail.com

An officer told DailyMail.com that the woman was taken to the hospital and the dogs remain with Animal Care Services. 

The next morning, beach goers unaware of the incident were surprised to find a car being towed from the water up onto the land and later taken away. 

The front window was shattered and mounds of sand could be seen in the front and back seat. Skid marks in the sand could also be seen. 

One person joked it was an early start to Saint Patrick’s Day in Venice Beach. CHP was withholding the identity of the woman, saying they will release it on Monday morning.

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