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SALINAS // On August 31st, 26-year-old Jessica Wright was sentenced to two years in prison for leading police on a high-speed pursuit.
On March 20th just after 10 AM, a Salinas PD officer noticed Wright asleep behind the wheel in the parking lot at Walmart.
When roused, Wright gave the officer a fake name. The officer also noticed that the vehicle registration tabs were false. As he stepped away from the car to run Wright’s info, she turned on the ignition and sped out of the parking lot.
The officer gave chase, with Wright ignoring the lights and sirens and blowing through numerous lights and stop signs.
Speeds escalated up to 80 MPH. The pursuit was called off due to fear for public safety.
Later that day, officers found the vehicle Wright had been driving “abandoned in a nearby neighborhood.”
Officers fund methamphetamine paraphernalia in the car, but were unable to determine the registered owner.