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Police: Woman used car as a weapon twice in one week

October 16, 2013

Police have arrested a Costa Mesa woman who allegedly drove through her neighbors' lawns and recklessly down the street, disregarding the safety of pedestrians including children headed to school.

Tuesday was the second time in a week that she had been arrested for using her car as a weapon, police said.

About 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sandra Montag, 48, drove her silver Toyota Camry in circles near her home in the 1600 block of Labrador Drive in Costa Mesa, almost hitting a man walking his dog, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

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An off-duty police officer and other adults warned people in Montag's path to get out of the way, police said.

Montag then drove to her home where her husband got into the car, and the couple sped off, according to the release.

Police said Montag may have been driving so recklessly because of an earlier domestic disturbance between her and her husband, but officials did not provide details on that incident.

Officers searched for the silver Camry and staked out Labrador Drive.

When Montag returned, officers arrested her.

Exactly one week earlier, officers had arrested Montag for allegedly trying to assault her husband with her car, police said.

Jail records show she posted bail and was out the next day.

Officials booked her at Orange County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and she's being held on $50,000 bail, according to police.

— Jeremiah Dobruck

Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck

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