SACRAMENTO — Police arrested a Sacramento man on Sunday, May 18 after he allegedly hit a taxi driver and carjacked his cab.
The incident began at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday outside a 7-11 convenience store at Watt and Whitney Avenues in Arden Arcade. Contrell Pleasant, 38, assaulted the cabdriver—who suffered minor injury to his face—and took off in his taxi southbound on Watt Avenue.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies picked up his trail on westbound Highway 50 just east of 16th Street in Sacramento. A pursuit began, ending at Fifth and V Streets.
Pleasant was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, stemming from him allegedly ramming a patrol vehicle during the pursuit. He also is accused of hit and run, and of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Pleasant has quite a storied past with Sacramento law enforcement. This latest arrest marks at least nine for him over the past seven years. His most recent arrests were all for drug and paraphernalia possession, but in past years he has also been charged with assault, hit and run, reckless driving, DUI, selling alcohol to a minor, public transportation violations, and failure to appear in court. In a May 2009 incident, he was seen by police jumping over fences and running. After he was detained a man approached saying he had been assaulted by Pleasant.