Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Leading Police on Multi-Town Chase
FRESNO – A suspected carjacker led authorities on a chase down Highway 99 from Fresno to Kingsburg before eventually being caught and arrested.
Police say Jennifer Linder was on parole for carjacking and had only been out of prison for a few months when she flagged down a driver near Olive and West avenues in Fresno around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 28. The driver offered her a ride, but she pointed a knife at the driver and ordered him out of the car, authorities said.
Before the driver could actually get out of his car, Linder climbed behind the wheel and drove away, dragging him a short distance, police said.
Officers pulled her over near First and Madison Avenue, but she sped away as the officers approached the car. Linder crashed into a tree and a fence before making it onto southbound Highway 99, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol, one of its helicopters, and Fresno police pursued Linder all the way to Kingsburg, where she pulled into a gas station and was taken into custody, authorities said.
Linder was booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of armed carjacking, evading, hit and run, and possession of a controlled substance.