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Woman Charged in U-Haul Pursuit That Ended in Downtown LA Produce Market

The stolen moving truck rammed into other vehicles, including a patrol car

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    A witness video shows the driver of a stolen U-Haul turn around after police appeared to have cornered her near the end of a pursuit at a downtown Los Angeles produce market. The driver struck a police SUV as she sped away, but was captured a short time later. (Published Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017)

    A 35-year-old Hawthorne woman was charged with leading police on a wild pursuit in a stolen U-Haul truck and slamming the vehicle into a patrol car in a downtown Los Angeles produce market.

    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 captured.

    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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    It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

    The chase was one of at least three in the Los Angeles area within hours, including one late Wednesday that ended in a violent standoff in Long Beach and another that began Thursday morning after a burglary report.

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