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Woman quickly back in jail after allegedly stealing truck

Tina Ross
Tina Ross Sacramento police

A woman released from jail downtown early Friday walked a block to steal a heavy-duty truck and led officers on an hourlong pursuit, according to officers.

Tina Ross, 54, was booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading an officer and resisting arrest.

The California Highway Patrol said Ross, who had just been released from the jail at 651 I St., walked over to Fifth and I streets where she got into a work truck with a winch and drove away. That brought Sacramento police in pursuit.

Along the way, police popped the truck’s tires by placing spike strips on the roadway in front of the truck. They also tried the so-called pit maneuver in which a vehicle is abruptly turned sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

But Ross continued to drive. Sacramento police sustained major damage to two patrol vehicles, according to a CHP news release.

At 2:08 a.m. Friday, the CHP took over the pursuit northbound on Power Inn Road near Gerber Road. At Stockton Boulevard and Florin Road, the truck could no longer be driven.

CHP officers ordered Ross several times to get out of the truck. However, she decided to lock the doors and stay inside.

Officers then broke out the passenger side window, unlocked the door and took Ross into custody.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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