Elusive suspect uncooperative to the end | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Elusive suspect uncooperative to the end

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jennifer Blocchi was successful getting away from law enforcement but it was a bottle of booze that led to her capture.

On Monday night Blocchi was busy evading Douglas County Sheriff’s Department deputies in her four-door 1984 Datsun Maxima.

Deputies were looking for Blocchi after a call came in saying she abandoned her two small children at her home in Gardnerville, the South Lake Police Department reported.

Douglas County deputies chased Blocchi across Stateline and lost track of the 39-year-old woman around Ski Run Boulevard, police reported.

She later appeared at Albertson’s Food and Drug where employees spotted her attempting to steal a bottle of vodka, Sgt. Alex Schumacher said. Employees called police and a patrol unit found Blocchi making a westbound turn from the 7-Eleven at 2620 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Law enforcement resumed the chase which ended with Blocchi’s Datsun off the road and against a rock at the USA Gas Station at 2762 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The Datsun received minor front end damage and a planter holding a tree was knocked over by the car, Schumacher reported.

Blocchi remained inside her car smoking a cigarette while police told her to exit the vehicle, Schumacher said. Police had to break the passenger window to unlock the door and arrest Blocchi on suspicion of drunk driving and obstructing a police officer. Separate charges will be filed against Blocchi by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, police reported.

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