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Man convicted in 2015 Arden Arcade carjacking, pursuit

A man accused of stealing a woman’s car at an Arden Arcade gas station, then leading law enforcement officers in a pursuit has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Love Davis Jr., 50, was found guilty of carjacking and evading an officer with willful disregard, 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 vehicle, which was parked at a gas station at Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue. Davis jumped into her car and drove away, dragging the woman several feet on the pavement, authorities said.

Soon afterward, the California Highway Patrol spotted Davis and began a pursuit. The chase continued for nearly an hour. Davis drove at nearly 110 mph, at times traveling in the wrong direction. Authorities said he ignored stop signs and stop lights, passed on the shoulder and center divider, wove in an out of traffic and finally crashed into the concrete median near the Highway 50 offramp at 65th Street.

He was arrested and identified by the victim.

Davis’ criminal history includes two prior strike convictions, for robbery and first-degree burglary, under California’s “three strikes” law, 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.

Davis is to be sentenced Sept. 2 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy