San Rafael Attorney Arrested on Child Cruelty Charges After Fleeing Police

A San Rafael resident and criminal defense attorney erratically drove away from police last week in a car with a flat tire, putting her 8-year-old son in danger, according to San Rafael Police officials.

A San Rafael attorney was arrested Sept. 7 after she ignored San Rafael police orders and erratically fled with her eight-year-old son in a car with a flat tire. 

What began as two parties exchanging information after a minor traffic accident ended with Rebecca Ann McGuire, 45, getting booked into Marin County Jail on charges that include willfull cruelty to a child, disobedience to an officer and resisting a public officer, according to San Rafael Police spokesperson Margo Rohrbacher.

McGuire, a San Rafael resident who listed her occupation as "attorney" in the booking log, pulled into the on Ritter Street after a minor traffic accident around 4 p.m. last Friday. A San Rafael Police officer responded to the scene to help with the drivers’ information exchange. 

McGuire’s silver 2012 Prius had a damaged front right fender and a flat tire, but she began to insist she had to leave and pick up her other child. “The officer told her she couldn’t drive her car because it isn’t safe,” Rohrbacher said. “The rim had a big dent in it and was not driveable." 

McGuire became distraught, pulled her son “violently” out of the car and began walking down Second Street, according to Rohrbacher. “[The boy] was crying, stumbling and running to catch up with her. It didn’t look very good.”

Shortly after, McGuire returned with the boy, got back into the car, turned the ignition key and began driving away, Rohrbacher said.

The officer was yelling at McGuire to stop and smacking the driver’s window. “She wouldn’t stop,” she said.

Instead, McGuire sped up, drove over a raised concrete island between two gas pumps and pulled onto Second Street, where a car had to slam on its brakes to avoid hitting her. 

“She caused one of a number of very close collisions and was driving extremely erratically,” Rohrbacher said. 

The officer tried to catch her, but lost sight of her in heavy traffic. Officers later located McGuire at her Gerstle Park home with her two children. “The children were placed with a family friend and she was taken to jail,” Rohrbacher said.

McGuire was booked into the Marin County Jail in lieu of more than $50,000 bail. Her arraignment is set for Sept. 26 in Marin County Superior Court. 

According to the State Bar of California, McGuire works in criminal law and studied law at UC Berekeley. Her office is listed as 1000 5th Ave., Suite 11, in San Rafael.

Craig Belfor September 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Was it Hastings or Boalt Hall? Sounds like a Hastings grad.
Bill Tucker September 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The police should spend more time SOLVING problems than exacerbating them. I saw another example of this sort of SR police behavior a few weeks ago. Instead of the city/county fixing a very dangerous maze of roads (intersecting at Redwood Hwy and the over-ramp to Northgate,) they sit there and hand out tickets to drivers who are clearly confused by a VERY CONFUSING intersection. DUH! Must be like shootin fish in a barrel for the police getting their ticket quotas - your tax money at work. Shouldn't their PRIORITY be to fix the dangerous confusing signage and situation rather than EXPLOITING it?
juanita September 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM
i missed where it said the officer pulled her keys and left her there. that idiotic woman drove home on a flat with her children in the car.
Bill Tucker September 13, 2012 at 01:44 AM
1 child in the car Juanita - still needed to pickup the 2nd. How would you have done it without the help of the officer if you couldn't drive the car?
Ed Debevich September 13, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Call a cab?
Heather Anna Nesbit September 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Call the child's school and then AAA?
Lizzardking's Rise September 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Bill, dude, you are right. That intersection is confusing, especially to seniors, man. (I mean senior citizens, not seniors in high school, but probably for them too). The cops take advantage of the confusion and try and pull people over in an area where it's not safe to stop.
Michael September 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM
this intersection is confusing only to those that should not be driving a car. What are you talking about Bill? And what exactly would you have the police do in a situation like this... let her drive away with a damaged car kid involved without any discussion? Common. This article said nothing about police writing a ticket. Are you making this up? My experience with SR police is that they are very tolerant with drivers and the multiple driving infractions we commit each and every day. We need police.
Peanut Gallery September 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
$50,000 bail?! That the schedule? Was the $50K *because* she's an attorney? Seems excessive,...? She was in a service station that does provide service — surely in a new [2012] car she had a spare,...might even have changed it herself. Do give us the rest of the story on this one. Peanut
Olivia LaRosa September 15, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I am a Hastings grad. UC Berkeley is not UC Hastings, and one of us is a jerk.
Craig Belfor September 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Couldn't get into Boalt?
Marlo Maria September 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
One of us is a jerk? (looking around the room nervously while sinking into my chair). And that Freitas Parkway exit is confusing because of its poor design. There are 1 to 2 accidents there a week. The San Rafael Police agree it's a treacherous design. Have you ever been northbound on that intersection and tried to make a left turn so you can proceed onto Freitas? There are cars coming at you from every angle. I always have bugs in my teeth thereafter due to my screaming as I proceed hysterically through that intersection on my scooter. They should make T Shirts which read,"I Survived the Freitas Parkway exit/on ramp and all I got was this Stupid T-Shirt." Dear Patch editors: Please write an expose on this issue.
Heidi Eberle September 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
It seems that the SRPD gets blamed for something that is beyond their control. AND NO they don’t sit there giving out tickets! Gees people...call the city and find out what department has jurisdiction over this overpass. It has been this way for alot of years. Why now are you complaining?? Take action, call or write the right department and then follow up. Stop blaming the SRPD for everything!!!!
Heidi Eberle September 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Bill you seem very angry at the SRPD. Take a good look at what you wrote. The police dept. is not a taxi service. AND we don’t necessarily have the whole story. in fact I know we dont’ SO please check out all details before calling someone a jerk. You don’t know them and they are following their trained procedures.
Bill Tucker September 18, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Heidi, Nobody is blaming the SRPD for EVERYTHING. Did I do that? I think they are doing a fine job MOST of the time. Does that mean we shouldn't point something out when it's wrong? Shouldn't the Police report an unsafe situation to the county/city to fix it? They see the issue day in and day out and would have a lot more pull than my letter writing campaign to god knows who. And Yes I have seen them there on multiple occasions pulling over people who... in my opinion we're confused by this terrible intersection (and issuing tickets.) I am surprised that you feel unsafe situations should be grandfathered in because it's been there for years. That's progress for ya.
Peanut Gallery September 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
What Freitas Parkway exit? This story is about a location at 2nd and Lincoln in San Rafael. Posting comments the wrong thread? Peanut
Craig Belfor September 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Hey Peanut, as long as thread drift is ok, why are we still eating peas with a fork? Who was in charge when that rule was made?


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