Woman arrested for driving truck at cops

November 19, 2008 10:22:21 AM PST
Santa Rosa police arrested a woman early this morning for allegedly trying to strike police officers with a pickup truck that had been stolen from a Santa Rosa business Tuesday.

Officers went to Dowd Drive and Kenwood Court in southwest Santa Rosa at 1:40 a.m. in response to a report of someone breaking into vehicles, Sgt. David Linscomb said.

They encountered Sheena Galanda, 25, of Santa Rosa, who tried to flee in a white pickup truck, driving between 40-50 mph toward an officer who was approaching on foot, Linscomb said.

The officer moved out of the way and Galanda then drove the truck toward three approaching patrol cars, Linscomb said. The officers took evasive action to avoid being hit.

Galanda then allegedly drove recklessly away from the area, striking a parked patrol car on Dowd Drive, Linscomb said. After the collision, Galanda exited the vehicle and attempted to run. She was apprehended after a brief chase.

Neither the officers nor Galanda were injured.

Linscomb said the pickup had been stolen from a Santa Rosa business earlier in the evening. At least one car in the Dowd Drive and Kenwood Court area had been burglarized and police found burglary tools in the pickup, Linscomb said.

Galanda was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle, assault on a police officer with an automobile, felony evading police, possession of burglary tools, DUI and resisting arrest. She was booked into the Sonoma County jail.


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