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Officers chased Hurd for 50 miles before laying down a spike strip and using a PIT maneuver to stop her in the middle of Interstate 5.
Hurd told a reporter at the scene she was trying to get her dog home safely.
"I wasn't worried about me, I was more worried about the dog," she said.
In the end, the dog was taken to a local Humane Society.
Hurd is being held without bail on several charges, including felony hit-and-run, driving without a license, and throwing objects from a moving vehicle.