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Suspect in wild U-Haul chase is named

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Authorities released a suspect's name and provided more details about Wednesday's rush-hour U-Haul chase that started in Palmdale, wound through downtown Los Angeles, the Westside and Malibu before ending in Ventura County.

After a televised pursuit that involved officers with the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department and air support, Alisha Nichole Mankin was arrested and charged with being under the influence of a narcotic, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, and three counts of hit-and-run, CHP Officer Matt Winter said.

Mankin had two outstanding warrants, including a DUI. Mankin, a resident of the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock, and a friend left a storage facility in the rented truck at about 3 p.m. and had stopped by a car on the side of the road  when a sheriff's deputy, alerted of a suspicious-looking vehicle, approached the two, Winter said.

"The guy is in possession of narcotics and he’s arrested," Winter said. "As the deputy is putting him into his cruiser, she decides to take off running. She gets into the U-Haul because the keys are in it and takes off."

The chase ended on California 118 near Mesa Union School in Somis, where the vehicle ran out of gas at about 5:15 p.m. She jumped from the truck, failed in her attempt to get into another car, then sprinted down the road, where she was eventually caught by CHP officers.

No injuries were reported, but at least three traffic accidents were caused by Mankin’s erratic driving, Winter said.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: A close-up of the driver during pursuit. Credit: Hans Laetz. Video: KTLA

 
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I was amazed at the lack of anything being done by CHP and other law enforcement as this lunatic woman nearly caused multiple accidents. I wonder if she had struck another car head on would that have forced the CHP to take some action? It seems to me that there was no consideration for others by allowing this chase to go on for two dangerous hours on sidewalks and on the wrong side of the street. And on top of that, a police chase did not cause the death of those three boys in the other crash. A 15 year old driver driving at high speed caused those unfortunate deaths. It is just lucky they didn't kill the children in that house that they smashed into. These police chases should be ended quicker. What does it take for law enforcement to have a plan to end them? Miss Mankin should get about 15 years in jail but I doubt it will happen. If the job of law enforcement is to protect and defend, they certainly did not do that on Wednesday as they allowed this dangerous high speed pursuit to continue.

The best part was when she tried getting in the car at the end of the chase, and then when the officer just tackled her into the gravel. Funniest chase I've ever seen.

ah yes'''' the ol' alerted to a suspicious vehicle trick again is it?
and er uh?
what does a suspicious vehicle look like anyways? is it long? is it tall? what is a suspicious vehicle at all?
and who decides what a suspicios vehicle is after all?

An RPG would have done wonders in one of those less traveled portions of the road. Why do we waste time, money and energy on people like this?

The NFL and TV networks decided years ago to no longer televise anyone running out on to the field during a game. Guess what? It cut down on nuts wanting their 15 seconds of fame before a TV audience of millions.

Would that our local networks would do the same. Broadcasting a chase on TV doesn't help anyone on the road, and only encourages the OJ Simpsons-types of this world to risk the lives of others as they seek to avoid the police/CHP in dangerous high-speed pursuits.

I WONDER IF THE LOCAL T.V. CHANNELS CAN IMPLEMENT AN AGREEMENT WITH EACH OTHER REGARDING COVERING THESE RIDICULOUS CHASES. FOR EXAMPLE MAYBE CHANNELS 2 & 4 CAN COVER ANY CHASES THAT OCCUR FOR THREE MONTHS, THEN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS TWO OTHER CHANNELS COVER THREE MONTHS, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH, AS TO ALLEVIATE "ALL" OF THE CHANNELS DELAYING PERTINENT NEWS FOR THE SAKE OF WATCHING SOME NUT BEING CHASED BY THE POLICE. THE AMOUNT OF COVERAGE GIVEN TO THESE EVENTS ARE INSANE. SOMETIMES AS MUCH AS HAVE OF THE NEWS BROADCAST. IS IT JUST ME, OR IS THIS OVERKILL????? THANK GOD FOR DIRECT-T.V.

They should have shot her. She could have killed so many people. She knew what she was doing was wrong.

Sharpshooter or an AK-47 used from the helicopter would have ended it instantly preventing possible accidents/deaths and saving the taxpayers a lot of money.

That bad apple is rotten to the core. Now she'll have a chance to do more crime when she gets out.

pitbbullstew, the police need to concoct probable cause for arresting the first guy. If he has a good lawyer he may get off. The lady, not a chance on earth.

I wish that Ventura Co. law enforcement had blocked the road on PCH where it was only two lanes, a hillside on one side blocking escape and the blue Pacific on the other to land in if she decided to swerve. Couldn't understand why they allowed her to travel further into more populated areas at commuter times endangering other people's safety. If they had just used their cars to block PCH before Pt. Mugu rock then the danger would be to government property (cars) instead of allowing her to continue and endanger citizens.
It was also a bit odd that news reports kept saying that there was concern over what may have been inside the moving van, if that is so then she definitely should have been harshly dealt with BEFORE she got near the Pt. Mugu Naval Base.
Thankfully, she was "just" a tweaker or strung out on some other freak making drug and she didn't physically harm others. She did cause property damage as proven by the charges for hit and run, I thought I saw her clip one white sedan as I tuned in after hearing the huge number of rotors chopping through the air as they sped past on PCH. Helicopters drowned out the sirens there were so many of them, kudos to the law helicopters for managing to navigate through all the news hacks in the sky. Were they above the 500 ft minimum airspace rule?

Well Ron, how would you have stopped the U-haul? Remember now, the police aren't issued stinger missiles or 20mm cannons.

You don't shoot people. Period.

What is wrong with many of the people on this planet???

Please, let the aliens land ... they might be here to pick me up.

Is that suspicious vehicle in the same league with the excuse for searching O.J. Simpson's house? "We thought his life was in danger" . I'm for Law Enforcement, but these lies they concoct hurt their credibility.

I'll never understand why people run from the police when they know it is just a matter of time before the police catch them. Does anyone actually ever outrun any metropolitan police force anymore, with helicopters tracking them?

And, I've driven one of those U-Haul trucks -- they are notoriously underpowered. I think that the police have been trying to be less agressive on these high-speed chases to protect life. If you give the chasee more space they might not drive as fast, but they'll have to stop eventually.

I agree with Ron, the police hardly did a thing to protect the innocent by standers as this crazy barreled through the streets. I was shocked as I was watching Fox news listening to the chief of police act as if it was not a big deal and he was confident that 'just following' her was the best thing to do. Ridiculous.

She's an idiot..well done CHP

Crazy chase. Why do these people think they're going to get away? I sure hope they can put this woman away for a good long while. I also hope they do a psychiatric exam 'cause what she did is seriously irrational.

I really dont understand why people run away from the police when it is nearly impossible to get away. Forget the pursuit from the ground, all they really need is a bird in the air to monitor the pursuit and an unmarked vehicle. I say, let them think they are getting away and eventually they are going to stop somewhere, ie:for gas, pop tarts, or restroom break. Then ground units can hone in on the suspect. The law enforcement keeps tailing the suspect and the pursuit drags on and on and on. In addition putting many lives at risk.

Incredible stupidity displayed in above posts.

(1) A UHaul stopped in the middle of the desert, with a car next to it? Sounds suspicious to me.

(2) Shooting the driver of a 2-ton UHaul with the engine running and in gear? Who is it going to hit?

(3) Blocking off PCH at Mugu Rock? I drive that road every day. At its narrowest point it is three lanes plus two shoulders wide ... that's at least 60 feet. Then what would prevent this loon from just turning around? She did that several times anyway.

All the armchair experts that simmer to the top in cases like this just amaze me. Get a life, people.

you mean to tell me that is all that happened. I was watching fox news for an hour and then they broke away. I never found out what happened until now. What was this women on? I thought more would come of it. oh well, let's go Steelers!

you guys are ridiculous...i'm with eye in the sky...go cops!!!

c'mon...she'z knock out gor'juzz & man can she drive!!!IN 20 year'z when she get'z out,I see a nascar hero & playboy centerfold!!! She'z hott!!!

The police in this situation were inept. Mission 1 should have ben to get this dangerous lunatic off the road.

I don't live in California, so it's very possible I'm wrong - but why didn't the Highway Patrol have a large commercial truck or two (or even use their own vehicles) to block the woman from advancing? It seemed like the woman passed several points wherein the road was narrow and something was on each side so she couldn't pass easily. I especially thought they could have trapped her inside a tunnel she went through. I also wondered why truckers didn't block the road themselves? Many times you'll see citizens help the police or highway patrol because they hear what's happening on CB's. Do they not allow large commercial vehicles (larger then Uhaul's) on this road in California? Thanks.

There seemed to be plenty of opportunity for the police to aggresively stop this chase on some of the more desolate stretches of road. But they did not and risked a devastating accident with innocents in more well-traveled areas. Why? Bleeding heart liberals would have been up in arms if the police would have rolled the U Haul. They would have called it too extreme. Wusses... it's a miracle no one was hurt as this white-trash scank put hundreds of peoples lives at risk. Buy hey, at least the liberals in the million dollar homes in Malibu were unhurt.

 
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