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High-speed chase through Nevada County ends in crash, arrest of two robbery suspects

Nikia Durgin

Two women suspected of robbing the Grass Valley CVS store took multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit before crashing in Auburn early Saturday — and then trying to call an Uber driver.

Grass Valley Police officers were dispatched to the robbery call just after midnight. A clerk at the store in the 1000 block of Sutton Way reported that the two women shoved items into their person and then left in a white Nissan Sentra with paper plates.

A Nevada City Police officer got behind the car on southbound Highway 49 and a traffic stop was conducted, according to a release from the Grass Valley Police Department.

The vehicle initially yielded and the two suspects were contacted, the release stated. They would not provide identification and when officers tried to open the door to have them step out, the driver reportedly turned on the car and fled. The Nevada City Police officer was still partially against the vehicle and narrowly avoided major injuries, the release stated.

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During the subsequent pursuit, the driver of the Sentra reportedly reached speeds in excess of 120 mph and turned the headlights off. Officers could not safely keep up with the suspect and lost sight near Lone Star Road, the release stated.

The suspects reportedly continued driving recklessly and blew past a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy in Auburn at over 100 mph. That deputy tried to catch up to the vehicle but couldn’t safely close the distance, the release stated. The suspects reportedly continued driving extremely recklessly through Auburn and failed to negotiate a turn near the Auburn Courthouse. The vehicle went off the road, off a retaining wall, and grazed against a building. Both suspects reportedly fled on foot and were subsequently captured after they returned to the scene to take an Uber to Oakland.

Nikia Denetha Durgin, 25, of Oakland, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, second-degree burglary, recklessly evading a peace officer, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. She was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Kaylah Rena Jones, 25, of San Francisco, was charged with criminal conspiracy, second-degree burglary, recklessly evading a peace officer, and resisting arrest. She was booked into county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.


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