SANTA CRUZ – A 34-year-old woman was arrested Monday afternoon after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase from San Jose to downtown Santa Cruz.
The California Highway Patrol was called in to assist the San Jose police with a reported kidnapping after a woman reportedly got into a medical van parked at a dialysis clinic in east San Jose, CHP officer Sam said Courtney. In the back of the car was an 84-year-old man who was being taken out on an intermittent slow chase, Courtney said.
“In a matter of seconds, the woman walking by jumps into the ambulance, steals it, and takes off,” said Courtney. “They could ping this van and give us a location. It was reported on Highway 17 towards Santa Cruz. “
CHP patrols started the chase near the Granite Creek exit of Highway 17 and followed the driver down Ocean Street to Santa Cruz.
Courtney said Marlina Rose Adame, of San Jose, behaved abnormally when she was stopped near the city clock just after 4 p.m. on Water Street. However, the patient in the back of the van was uninjured and was described as “really in a good mood” after the trip and, according to Courtney, may not know exactly what had happened. The Santa Cruz Police Department helped in the pursuit, and the San Jose Police Department took Adame back to the Santa Clara County Main Prison, where she was detained Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping, reckless evasion and vehicle theft on suspicion of kidnapping, reckless evasion and vehicle theft on Tuesday Detention remained.