Erratic driver identified as missing Stockton woman | SierraSun.com

Erratic driver identified as missing Stockton woman

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

Investigators using a missing-person report have tentatively identified the driver who led California Highway Patrol officers on a slow-motion chase last week down along the West Shore.

Based on the nature of the report, officers said they believe the driver, Henrietta Anumene, 46, from Stockton, Calif., acted in a suspicious manner because of mental instability.

California Highway Patrol arrested Anumene on Nov. 29 on suspicion of evading police when she allegedly refused to pull over on Highway 89 near Emerald Bay.

After boxing the vehicle in and forcing the driver to stop in Tahoe City, officers booked Anumene into the Placer County Jail in Auburn.

Anumeme was released from custody later that day on the promise that she would appear in court on Jan. 4, according to jail records.

When police first made contact with Anumene, she refused to speak and was not carrying any identification, said Officer Jeff Holt from the CHP office in Truckee.

Officers determined Anumene’s identity after matching the registered black Honda with a missing person’s report filed by a relative in Chico, Holt said.

The report indicated that Anumene was acting “strange around the house and then she just took off,” Holt said.

Holt said the officers booked her into the Auburn jail because they have medical staff to evaluate new inmates. The jail would not release any information pertaining to Anumene’s medical condition.

“She never said anything to us at all,” Holt said. “All the way down to the jail.”

Officers also said they confirmed that Anumene’s 5-year-old male passenger was her son, Lawrence Anumene. Child Protective Services took Lawrence Anumene into custody later that day.

The slow-speed pursuit began that morning when a CHP trooper stopped the woman’s black Honda in the Bliss State Park area near Emerald Bay for impeding traffic. The woman was driving slowly, forcing a growing line of cars to wait behind her, Officer Jeff Gartner of the South Tahoe CHP office said last week.

But Anumene drove off when the officer first attempted to make contact, initiating the slow-motion pursuit, which officers said never exceeded speeds of 40 mph.

Anumene avoided several spike strips placed on the road by driving around them.

The suspect was finally stopped around 9:45 a.m. at the Tahoe City wye, after police cars surrounded the Honda and forced it to a stop.