Mom in custody case leads chase

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The apparently drug-fueled odyssey began just after 9 a.m. Thursday in Littlerock, where Ramsey had been put unrestrained in the back seat of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department four-wheel-drive Ford Expedition by a deputy investigating a vehicle theft. Ramsey was able to get behind the wheel of the SUV and drive away, Jennings said. Jennings didn’t know how she got into the front seat; the back doors are locked on the inside and a metal barrier separates the back seat from the front seat. Jennings said he assumes she was able to crawl out a window or get the door open, because there seemed to be too little space for even a thin woman to get around the metal barrier. Sheriff’s officials will investigate how it happened. Once in the driver’s seat, Ramsey sped up 90th Street East and into Lancaster, where she spent nearly two hours driving from one side of the city to the other, often at 55 or 60 mph and, at least once, at more than 80 mph, deputies said. Manning a radio at the Palmdale sheriff’s station, Detective Mark Newlands spent the two hours trying to calm the woman down and convince her to pull over. He promised that if she gave up, she would be allowed to see her children. “I’m just trying to stop going to jail for nothing,” Ramsey told Newlands. “I didn’t know that friggin’ car was stolen.” As the stolen sheriff’s SUV traveled randomly around Lancaster, frequently running red lights, sheriff’s officials ordered deputies in patrol cars to drop back while a sheriff’s helicopter tracked the SUV from overhead. But whenever Ramsey spotted a patrol car behind her or passed one on the street, she screamed at Newlands that he lied to her about keeping deputies away. “The deputies don’t know where you’re going so they can’t get out of your way,” Newlands told her. When Newlands warned her that other motorists and children were in the neighborhoods she was driving through, Ramsey told him she didn’t intend to crash into anybody. “I’m doing 35 mph. I’m not going too fast. I know how to drive,” she said. Ramsey was on probation for forgery, methamphetamine possession and obstructing a peace officer, involving arrests last April, Jan. 18 and Feb. 3, Antelope Valley court records show. She most recently was released from jail Feb. 15. Ramsey was due at a hearing Thursday morning in Lancaster Juvenile Dependency Court, which oversees children removed from their homes because of suspected abuse or neglect. Los Angeles County Department of Children’s and Family Services officials said they couldn’t comment on the case. Sheriff’s officials said Ramsey’s mother is trying to get custody of the children. “I lost custody of my kids today and you guys kept me from being there,” Ramsey screamed at Newlands at one point over the police radio. Ramsey also wanted Newlands to find her boyfriend to talk to her, but said she didn’t want them to arrest him. The boyfriend is believed to be wanted on a warrant, Jennings said. “I don’t feel safe without him and I’m going to jail for a long, long, long time,” Ramsey said. Ramsey’s daughters were in school in Palmdale, but Newlands wouldn’t tell her that. “I don’t want you driving like a maniac to get there,” Newlands said. Ramsey also got angry at other motorists on Lancaster streets. “The stupid pedestrians. Not pedestrians, these motor vehicles, won’t get out of the way. They’re trying to stop me,” she said. “It looks like they’re trying to hit me.” Newlands told her that was just normal driving. Ramsey circled several times through the neighborhood around Monte Vista School, apparently hoping to see her boyfriend at a house she drove past repeatedly. On one of her circuits of the neighborhood, the SUV’s left rear tire was flattened by a spike strip set out by deputies who lay hidden in wait for her to return. A few minutes before the chase ended, Ramsey said she intended to drive to Lancaster City Park. But she ended up again in the Monte Vista neighborhood. She was followed by another motorist, who was taken into custody as well. Officials said the motorist was apparently planning to be a good Samaritan and try to stop her; they weren’t sure whether he would face criminal charges or just get a warning for interfering. Ramsey was apprehended after she stopped the SUV on 13th Street West about 11:15 a.m. Deputies quickly surrounded the vehicle and pulled her out at gunpoint. “All the police just came out to her car and were trying to get her out. … They dragged her out,” said witness Cheryl Snowder, who was driving her three sons in the family car when they were passed by the SUV seconds before the chase ended. The SUV came through the neighborhood as youngsters were leaving Monte Vista School, 11-year-old neighborhood resident Tiffany Peace said. “Everybody started screaming,” she said. Neighbors said deputies have previously made arrests at the house where Ramsey stopped, and they believe drug users hang out there. A young man watching deputies and news crews from the front yard of the house refused to speak to a reporter. “Step off. Step off,” he told the reporter, before shouting obscenities at a passer-by walking by with a Chihuahua on a leash. Staff writer Karen Maeshiro contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A woman upset about losing custody of her two daughters stole a sheriff’s SUV and spent two hours speeding through Lancaster, screaming and crying into the police radio that she wanted to see her children. Out of jail 15 days and on probation for forgery, methamphetamine possession and obstructing a peace officer, the woman was finally arrested when she stopped the sport utility vehicle outside a house – apparently hoping to see her boyfriend – and deputies surrounded the vehicle and pulled her out at gunpoint. “She was traveling at excessive speeds, going through red lights,” sheriff’s Deputy Dave Jennings said. “It’s a miracle she didn’t hit anybody.” Identified as Robyn Ramsey, 25, of Littlerock, the woman was expected to be booked on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading and possibly other charges, Jennings said. last_img

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