Hawthorne woman charged in U-Haul chase


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A 35-year-old Hawthorne woman was charged today with leading police on a wild pursuit in a stolen U-Haul truck and slamming the vehicle into a patrol car.

Shante Johnson faces arraignment Tuesday on two counts of assault on a peace officer and one count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly and driving or taking a vehicle without consent — all felonies.

She is also charged with three misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage and faces an allegation that she was convicted¬†of petty theft in 2014, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The defendant was spotted by police on Nov. 9 driving the stolen truck near 61st Street and Broadway Avenue, triggering a pursuit in which she was allegedly involved in three hit-and-run crashes. The chase ended shortly after she allegedly rammed the patrol car and fled on fled into a downtown produce market, where she was quickly collared.

If convicted as charged, Johnson faces a possible maximum of more than 10 years in state prison. Bail is requested at $195,000.


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