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Auburn arrests after wild theft getaway, crash

Police: Suspects attempted to catch an Uber
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Two female theft suspects are in jail today on suspicion of making a wild, high-speed getaway attempt that ended with a crash in Auburn and a thwarted try to catch an Uber back to the Bay Area.

The pursuit started with a theft report early Saturday from a CVS store in Grass Valley.

Nevada City Police officers were able to stop the suspect’s car on westbound Highway 49.

But Grass Valley Police said that the two suspects would not provide identification. When officers attempted to open the door to have them step out, the driver turned the engine back on and fled the stop, police reported.

“The Nevada City Police Department officer was still partially against the suspect’s vehicle when it fled, narrowly avoiding major injuries to the officer,” Grass Valley Police said.

On westbound Highway 49, speeds reached more than 120 mph and the driver shut the headlights off, police said. Officers couldn’t safely keep up with the suspect and lost site near Lone Star Road in Placer County.

“Despite no longer being pursued, the suspect continued driving recklessly and blew past a Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputy in Auburn at over 100 mph,” police said.

The escape attempt ended in Auburn, when the car failed to negotiate a turn near the Placer County Courthouse. The vehicle went off the road and over a retaining wall, grazed against a building and landed in a parking area on its four wheels.

“Both suspects fled on foot and were captured trying to take a Uber to Oakland,” police said.

Arrested were Nikia Denetha Durkin, 25, of Oakland and Kaylah Rena Jones, 25, of San Francisco.

Durkin and Jones were taken into Grass Valley police custody early Saturday and are now housed in the Nevada County jail on a string of charges connected with the theft and pursuit. Bail is set at $250,000 for each of the suspects.

And Grass Valley Police are expressing a “huge thank you” to Auburn Police, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada City Police Department.