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Spike strips, crashes mark Sacramento police pursuit

Police arrested a theft suspect Wednesday night after a pursuit from north Sacramento to Land Park that included punctured tires, damaged squad cars and an effort to abruptly push the fleeing car sideways.

The woman, who police identified as Laroia Denise Davis, 38, was arrested peacefully about 10:30 p.m. after officers with guns drawn were able to finally get her to exit her sport utility vehicle.

Police said that the incident began when two women at a Rite Aid pharmacy in the 2400 block of Del Paso Boulevard were seen stealing merchandise. Police said that a store employee was struck with a blunt object during the incident.

Police said Davis got into an SUV and the other woman apparently fled on foot.

Davis nearly struck a store security employee as she left, police said. Officers spotted the vehicle and the slow-speed pursuit began. Along the way, Davis allegedly rammed a couple of patrol cars.

Officers attempted the pursuit immobilization technique, a tactic in which a pursuing police car bumps a fleeing car to make it abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

Officers also deployed spike strips on the road in front of the fleeing vehicle, successfully puncturing the SUV’s tires. The punctured tires helped bring the chase to a stop near 15th and X streets.

Davis was taken into custody after temporarily refusing to exit the vehicle, police said.

Sacramento police said she had a felony burglary warrant for her arrest. She was booked on that warrant and other charges, including suspicion of evading arrest, assault and robbery.

No officers were injured.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.