Woman Charged With Carjacking, Assault

A 26-year-old woman who led deputies on a car chase that ended in a Bell Gardens casino parking lot has been charged with four felony counts Friday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.  

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon — a knife — during the the carjacking. 

Woods, who was previously convicted in 2015 of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's vehicle and driving against traffic, allegedly approached a woman with a knife in South El Monte on Wednesday and took the woman's truck with a camper attached. 

The pursuit began around 8 p.m. in Compton when law enforcement later spotted the vehicle and Woods refused to pull over.

Prosecutors said she drove through oncoming traffic and did not stop at lights. 

When Woods was blocked by other cars, she allegedly reversed into a patrol car to escape, eventually running over a spike strip and driving on a bare rim. 

The pursuit ended when Woods pulled into the parking lot of the Bicycle Casino and Hotel and was detained by deputies. 

She is scheduled to be arraigned at the Los Angeles County Superior El Monte branch. 

If convicted, Kelsey Woods faces a maximum sentence of 16 years in a state prison. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $120,000.

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