|For Immediate Release
Case # 08HF1553
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MOTHER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR LEADING POLICE
ON HIGH SPEED CHASE AFTER VIOLATING
COURT ORDER TO STAY AWAY FROM CHILDREN
NEWPORT BEACH – A mother will be arraigned tomorrow for leading police on a high speed chase from Newport Coast to Los Angeles after showing up at her ex-husband’s home in violation of a protective order barring her from having contact with her two children. Cary Lynn Lobel, 34, Newport Coast, is charged with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly and one misdemeanor count of violating a protective order. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted and is out of custody on $250,000 bail. Lobel is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-13, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
Lobel and her ex-husband have two children, ages 4 and 7, of which he has custody. A family court order was issued in March 2007 prohibiting the defendant for having any contact with her children and ordering her not to be within 100 yards of her ex-husband’s home. The defendant is accused of going to the home and trying to see the children on numerous occasions and was charged in a previous case with one misdemeanor count for violating the protective order in April 2007 (Case # 07HM04825). The separate case is scheduled for pre-trial at the same time and location as the new case.
On July 25, 2008, Lobel is accused of calling her ex-husband’s house while he was away on a business trip and telling the housekeeper that she was coming over to pick up the children. The housekeeper contacted the police and left the home with the children. While they were gone, Lobel is accused of violating the protective order by driving to the Newport Coast home, going inside and leaving gifts for the children in their bedrooms. When officers arrived, Lobel is accused of fleeing in her car and leading police on a high speed chase from Newport Coast to Los Angeles. She is accused of driving between 60 and 120 mph with the knowledge that officers were following her and attempting to pull her over. A spike strip was ultimately placed on the road and Lobel was arrested.
Deputy District Attorney Suzy Snyder of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.