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Northern California arson suspect is online to see police chase

SAN FRANCISCO – A woman suspected of arson is online for all to see on social media as police chased her on a Northern California highway, before her arrest, a San Mateo County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said Monday.

Monica Louise Berlin, 39, led police on 20-minute chase Friday on Interstate 280 and is available to view online from the event on Facebook before they finally gave up and was arrested in Atherton on two charges of arson, spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said.

The video is now removed from Facebook. But in a clip posted on KTVU -TV of Oakland, a besieged Berlin can be seen speeding in a 35-km / h zone.

“Oh my god, this is so scary,” Berlin says that as the police sirens ring in the background. “I have the police behind me and I did nothing illegal and I did nothing wrong.”

Berlin is suspected of starting two fires on June 26 and July 3, on a farm in Half Moon Bay, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of San Francisco. The burning destroyed 1,600 bales of hay to the value of $20,000. Berlin was booked on the arson charges, reckless driving and fleeing the police, as well as the outstanding warrants, including stalking.

Mike Alifano, who lives on the other side of the street where the fire occurred, said he saw Berlin, the recording of the first fire on June 26. He recognized her from video surveillance cameras in his house. He said Berlin earlier filed missing person reports when he and his family were out of town. Alifano did not respond to phone and e-mail messages from The telegraph on Monday.

“I think this is a cry for attention,” Alifano told KTVU.

Berlin is expected to be indicted on the charges Tuesday in San Mateo County. It can not be determined whether she had a lawyer.

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