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Suspected car thieves lead police on chase; three in custody

Sacramento police arrested three people Wednesday morning after they led officers on a high-speed chase.

The incident unfolded as officers tried to stop a “suspicious-looking” Ford F-150 pickup around 2:13 a.m. at the intersection of 30th and C Streets, according to Officer Justin Brown, a department spokesman. The pickup, which was likely stolen from Modesto, took officers on a chase that at times reached 90 mph, Brown said.

The pursuit was called off 30 minutes later. “We wanted to disengage for public safety,” Brown said. “We ended up losing the vehicle.”

Hours later, a resident in the 8700 block of River Road in south Sacramento called to report a pickup truck parked in a neighbor’s driveway. The description matched the vehicle, and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, along with city police officers, responded.

Authorities eventually found the vehicle’s three occupants in a nearby field, where they were taken into custody just before 6:30 a.m. The three suspects from Modesto were identified as John Keck, 28, Michael Lanier, 29, and Rebecca Jensen, 21.

Keck and Jensen face an assortment of charges that include evading officers, conspiracy, narcotics possession and stealing a vehicle, according to records from the Sacramento County Main Jail. Charges are pending for Lanier.

Brown said investigators discovered empty gun holsters and magazines in the truck, but that no weapon has been recovered so far.

Lanier is ineligible for bail. Keck and Jensen are being held in lieu of $50,000 and $20,000, respectively.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang