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Fleeing suspect rams police SUVs in Turlock cul-de-sac
sabrina haney
Sabrina Haney
A woman trying to avoid an arrest for shoplifting, ended up with more serious charges lodged against her after ramming two Turlock Police patrol vehicles when she became trapped in a cul-de-sac.
The suspect was identified by the police department as Sabrina Haney, 23, of Hughson.
The incident began around 4:30 a.m. Thursday when the Turlock Police Department received a call reporting a women had just shoplifted some merchandise from a store in the 1500 block of Geer Road.
Officers responding to the scene spotted a woman matching the description of the thief getting into a vehicle and driving away. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but Haney ignored them and sped off, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Parmley.
"During the pursuit, the suspect driver violated multiple vehicle code violations and drove at high rates of speed with a wanton disregard for the safety of the public," Parmley said.
Haney turned onto Larchwood Court and two police officers in SUVs followed her and stopped at the entrance of the cul-de-sac, blocking the exit.
Haney allegedly rammed the SUVs while the officers were inside the vehicles. She was able to drive out of the cul-de-sac and continued her attempt to evade the police.
The attempt met with a setback when the Ford sedan she was driving broke down on S. Soderquist Road, near the railroad tracks, Parmley said.
Haney tried to flee on foot but was caught a few blocks away by a plain clothes detective.
Haney was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, felony evading, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, petty theft and driving without a license.  She was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail after being medically cleared at a local hospital.
The officers did not sustain any serious injuries, Parmley said.