Crime, Fire + Courts

Woman jailed after Woodland carjacking, pursuit

By From page A2 | July 17, 2014

A Sacramento woman was due to be arraigned on carjacking and other charges Thursday after allegedly stealing a big rig in Woodland and leading authorities on a slow-speed pursuit.

Porsha Slater, 29, reportedly jumped into the cab of the delivery truck as its driver was unloading supplies at the Carl’s Jr. restaurant in the 1500 block of East Main Street on Monday night, Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said. From there, she drove onto southbound Interstate 5, triggering a pursuit that eventually involved both city police and the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities had the advantage, however, because Slater “couldn’t get the truck out of first gear,” Cucchi said. The result was a “very low speed” pursuit that ended near Highway 99 in Sacramento when CHP officers deployed a spike strip that flattened the rig’s tires.

Cucchi said Slater compounded her troubles by allegedly trying to back up the vehicle at police as they approached the disabled rig and refusing to obey their orders, which got a police K-9 deployed in order to detain her.

After being medically cleared for dog bites, Slater was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of carjacking, vehicle theft, assault on a peace officer, evading police and resisting arrest. Her bail was set at $260,000.

Slater’s arraignment was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Yolo Superior Court.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Lauren Keene

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