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He was just trying to hitch up his boat when a stranger jumped into his SUV and drove off

Law enforcement pursue suspect in Sacramento

Officers chase a stolen vehicle through parts of Interstate 5 and Interstate 80 in Sacramento, as seen by Caltrans traffic cameras, on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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Officers chase a stolen vehicle through parts of Interstate 5 and Interstate 80 in Sacramento, as seen by Caltrans traffic cameras, on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

What was supposed to be a simple trip to pick up his boat from a storage facility turned into a dramatic Saturday morning — complete with a high-speed chase — for Andrew Kay.

Kay left the keys in his white Ford SUV while he was behind the locked gates of a storage facility on Richards Boulevard. Before he knew it, a woman, later identified as 31-year-old Alycia Donovan, was behind the wheel attempting to drive his car out of the locked gates.

“I pulled her out of the car, she was fighting with me, yelling at me,” Kay said. Donovan was yelling “let me take it,” Kay said, and she had brought her dog into the car with her.

Kay sent his 7-year-old daughter inside for help and was eventually able to drag Donovan out of the car. He took her outside of the locked gates. But when he went to go find his daughter, he discovered that Donovan had somehow gotten back through the gate, he said.

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Sacramento County Sheriff's Office

Donovan and her dog jumped inside the car for a second time and drove away, heading for the freeway. Kay called 911, and law enforcement agencies including the Sacramento Police Department, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol followed Donovan on a high-speed chase that lasted more than half an hour and reached speeds of 100 mph.

According to police communications, vehicle speeds reached 100 mph as the pursuit went through the Sacramento International Airport area, northbound on I-5 to Woodland before turning around and going south back to Sacramento.

The pursuit ended just after 11 a.m. on San Juan Road beneath I-5 when officers performed a pursuit intervention technique on the SUV. Police then arrested Donovan, who is in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail on a $20,000 bail, according to county records.

“I know you’re not supposed to leave your car keys in the car, but it was a locked facility, the gates locked, I mean I’m just hooking up my boat,” Kay said.

Kay added he is glad everyone is safe and hopes he can find a way to tow his boat to the lake next weekend.

This story has been updated with the name of the woman arrested.

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