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Sheriff's Dept: Man Steals Taxi, Leads Deputies on Pursuit

Sheriff's Dept: Man Steals Taxi, Leads Deputies on Pursuit
Posted Monday, May 19th 2014 @ 7am  by KFBK News - Kaitlin Lewis

We all know that cab rides tend to be dramatic, but last night's ride gave even police a shock.

It started about 10:15 Sunday night at a 7-11 on Watt and Whitney avenues.

"A male had taken a car from a taxi driver after beating him," Sacramento County Sheriff spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. 

The 38-year-old suspect reportedly then drove the cab onto westbound Highway 50 leading deputies on a high-speed chase before they cornered him.

That didn't stop the determined driver though as he "rammed a patrol vehicle and was able to get away again," Bowman said. 

Deputies say they finally stopped the cab near 5th and V streets in Sacramento.

The man was arrested and will be charged with carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon due to the ramming incident.

Police are also looking into a driving under the influence charge.

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