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U-Haul chase suspect sentenced to 180 days

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March 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Antelope Valley woman who commandeered a U-Haul truck and led police on a chase from the desert to the sea across much of Southern California has been sentenced to a half year in jail.Alisha Nichole Mankin's driver's license was suspended for one year, and she was placed on probation for 36 months, the Ventura County Star reported.

Mankin, 25, pleaded guilty to evading police, a felony, and hit-and-run driving, a misdemeanor, prosecutor Jennie Ruth told the newspaper. She was sentenced by Ventura County Superior Court Judge John Dobroth.

During the Jan. 28 televised 90-mile chase, Mankin drove the U-Haul truck on sidewalks, across grassy medians and into opposing lanes of traffic. She was involved in three minor hit-and-run accidents in Oxnard during the chase, the California Highway Patrol told the County Star.

The afternoon drive-time pursuit, televised by several L.A. newscasts, went through Santa Monica, Malibu and Oxnard before doubling back towards the desert on state Highway 118 east of Ventura. A CHP officer tackled Mankin when the rented truck ran out of gas and she tried to run to another vehicle.

Authorities began pursuing Mankin after a sheriff's deputy, responding to a report of suspicious activity, stopped her and a male acquaintance in Palmdale and arrested the man on suspicion of possessing narcotics.

Mankin ran away, then circled back to the U-Haul, which her male acquaintance had rented, and drove off. Authorities discovered that Mankin had also been wanted on misdemeanor warrants for allegedly being under the influence of narcotics and drunken driving.