Woman who livestreamed fatal California crash is arrested again
A California woman on parole after serving a sentence for driving drunk while livestreaming a crash that killed her younger sister was arrested Thursday after crashing a car during a police pursuit, officials said.
Officers arrested Obdulia Sanchez, 20, on weapons and traffic charges and a parole violation, said Officer Joe Silva, a Stockton Police Department spokesman.
Officers tried to stop Sanchez for a vehicle code violation, but she did not pull over. She crashed near a highway onramp and was arrested. A man traveling with her escaped, Silva said.
“The arresting officers saw she was on parole and was driving on a revoked driver’s license,” Silva said.
Last year, Sanchez was sentenced to six years and four months in prison for driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter after her 14-year-old sister died in the 2017 crash. Prosecutors said Sanchez was livestreaming on Instagram while driving when she crashed. The video showed her taking her hands off the steering wheel.
She was released from prison last month after serving two years and two months. State corrections department spokeswoman Terri Hardy said Sanchez received credit for the time she spent in jail before she was sentenced. Her sentence was also reduced under California law for good behavior with credits for various rehabilitation programs.
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