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Pursuit suspect escapes from hospital

March 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The woman suspected of causing a major crash during a pursuit was taken to the hospital and put under police watch, but somehow she has escaped.Xana Marks is once again being pursued by police.

Authorities allege the 23-year-old was on the run after a traffic stop Monday. She lost control of the stolen SUV she was driving and crashed it in Tustin, hitting several other vehicles and injuring a number of other drivers.

Police allege Marks escaped from the wreckage and tried to flee before being taken into custody.

"She was running and she was quite upset. She was yelling, kicking, screaming and thrashing," said Paula Nelson, Tustin crash victim.

Authorities say Marks suffered minor injuries.

She was being treated at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana when authorities allege once again she escaped. Except this time she escaped while under police watch.

CHP officials say it's not clear if she was restrained at the time or if the officer was inside or outside her room watching her.

"He usually has a constant visible watch on her during the the entire time he or she is there. It's still under investigation and that will be talking to the officer to see what happened," said Officer Jennifer Hink, CHP.

Police say there are security cameras outside the hospital.

Authorities say security noticed a woman leaving the facility wearing only a hospital gown. She was reported missing around 4:30 a.m.

"She does not want to be caught. She knows she's looking at some good time here," said Officer Hink.

Police say Marks is facing a number of charges including burglary.

The vehicle she crashed was reported stolen from a dealership in Redlands and property located inside was reported stolen Monday from a home in San Juan Capistranno.

Police also say alcohol and drugs were found inside the stolen Pathfinder.

The Chino resident is 5' 6", 118 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP at 949-559-7888.

 

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