A Burbank woman suspected of participating in what Burbank Police
called a “reverse kidnapping,” which led to a freeway chase, is being
held without bail on a variety of charges.
The bizarre string of events began when a 17-year-old Burbank girl
ran away from home June 6 and took shelter at a residence in North
Hollywood, police said. When the residents of the home became
concerned that the girl would bring unwanted police attention, they
asked her to leave. When she refused, the girl was allegedly beaten
and driven back to her mother’s home in the 1400 block of Rose
Street, police said.
The girl’s mother called police with a description of the car in
which the girl was dropped off, and police spotted the car on Burbank
Boulevard being driven by 33-year-old Dianna Baker. A pursuit ensued,
and Baker allegedly got on the Hollywood (101) Freeway and then
collided with numerous cars as she tried to drive between two lanes
of westbound traffic. She was arrested in Hollywood after her car
“It was a somewhat unusual situation,” spokesman Sgt. Will Berry
said. “It was kind of a reverse kidnapping.”
Baker was charged with evading police, possession of a stolen car
and narcotics, and driving with a suspended license. No charges
related to the alleged beating of the teenager have been filed, but
the LAPD continues to investigate the incident, police and district
attorney’s officials said.