SACRAMENTO—A wild police chase ended in midtown Sacramento on Wednesday, January 7, when a woman wanted in a North Sacramento robbery was taken into custody.
Police identified the woman as Laroia Denise Davis, 38 of Oakland. The intense pursuit began Wednesday evening when officers responded to a call of a robbery at the Rite-Aid pharmacy at Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue. Davis and another woman were stealing merchandise in the store, and assaulted a store employee with a blunt object.
As officers were investigating, they spotted the Ford Explorer sought in connection with the robbery and tried to pull over Davis, who refused to stop. The other woman managed to escape on foot.
Davis led officers on a chase from North Sacramento to Downtown, and then through midtown. Police attempted the pursuit immobilization technique in which a police car bumps the fleeing car in an effort to make it turn abruptly sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. Officers also placed spike strips in the road to stop Davis. The spikes blew out the tires on the Ford Explorer.
This still wasn’t enough as she continued to drive on the vehicle’s rims, crashing into three patrol cars in the process. An airbag in the one of the vehicles was deployed, according to police.
The chase eventually ended at 15th and X streets at approximately 10:15 p.m. But even at that point, the suspect refused to get out of her vehicle for about 20 minutes while officers had their guns drawn.
When Davis finally stepped out of the car, officers took her into custody. 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.
Laroia Davis has a long history of trouble with the law. Records going back to 2007 show a July 7 arrest for theft, possession of stolen property, and petty theft with a prior. That was followed in March of 2008 when she was charged with providing narcotics to a minor. In November of 2010 she faced grand theft and burglary charges, and in July of 2011 a probation violation when she was caught with stolen property and resisted arrest. September of 2011 saw an arrest for robbery, and in October of 2012 she was charged with robbery and burglary.