Crime - Sacto 911

Carjacker with lengthy criminal history sentenced to prison

A man convicted of stealing a woman's car at an Arden Arcade gas station, then leading law enforcement officers in a pursuit, has been sentenced to 57 years to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury in June found Love Davis Jr., 50, guilty of carjacking and evading an officer with willful disregard. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On March 24, 2015, Davis accosted a 58-year-old woman and pushed her away from her car, which was parked at a gas station on Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue. The woman struggled with Davis, but Davis jumped into her car and drove away, dragging the woman several feet on the pavement.

A short time later, Davis was spotted by the California Highway Patrol and a pursuit began. The chase continued for nearly an hour, traveling through four counties, authorities said. Davis drove at nearly 110 mph, at times traveling in the wrong direction, wove in and out of traffic, and finally crashed into a concrete median at 65th Street and the Highway 50 offramp.

He was arrested and identified by the victim.

Davis’ criminal history includes two prior strike convictions, for robbery and first-degree burglary, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He also has previous convictions for possession of stolen cars, evading police, theft, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property,possession of tear gas and possession of methamphetamine in prison.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy