December 9, 2013
Around 10:10 a.m. on December 1, Santa Paula Police received a report of attempted vehicle theft in the 1200 block of Orchard Street, according to a report by The Ventura County Star.
Officials said the owner of the involved vehicle left his car unattended while it was warming up. He returned only to find that the vehicle had been stolen. He then called the police.
Before police officials arrived, the vehicle's owner purportedly saw a young female individual operating his car in the neighborhood. He leapt in front of vehicle, successfully getting the driver to stop. He then went in through an open window and regained control of his car.
Two women were seen fleeing from the vehicle. One of them, a 24-year-old Santa Paula resident, was picked up by police in the area after a brief foot chase.
Officials alleged that the woman attempted to bite a police officer while being taken into custody. They also said that the same woman attempted to bite officers in an unrelated incident two days before.
At the time of the report, the woman was being held in Ventura County jail on suspicion of vehicle theft and resisting arrest.
Under California Penal Code 10850, an individual commits vehicular theft when he or she takes another's vehicle without his or her consent. Accomplices to this crime are considered to take part in the same violation and are penalized accordingly.
Although vehicular theft is technically a “wobbler” in California, meaning it can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor, felonies are more often pursued by prosecutors. Penalties for a felony conviction may include a prison sentence of two, three, or four years, and a five-digit fine.
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