PLEASANTON -- A Granite Bay woman who led officers on a 100-mile, high-speed chase in March has agreed to a deal and will avoid prison if she stays out of trouble for the next five years.
Jennifer Zinn pleaded no contest to one count of resisting or detering officers and in exchange had other charges dropped on Friday in Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jacob Blea III's courtroom. The plea also included Zinn's charge being reduced to a misdemeanor if she stays trouble free after three years.
Zinn, 44, failed to yield to California Highway Patrol officers when they tried to pull her over for speeding on March 9 on westbound Interstate 80 near Reed Avenue in West Sacramento. She then led police from five different agencies on a near 90-minute chase at speeds over 100 mph through Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties, according to court records.
The chase ended on northbound Interstate 680 near Andrade Road in Fremont after the CHP deployed a spike strip that blew out the right front tire of Zinn's car. She kept driving on the metal wheel until the car stopped north of Koopmann Road.
At the time of her arrest, Zinn said God told her to keep going and that the CHP were there to test her loyalty, according to the CHP.
Zinn has no prior criminal record nor any previous incidents like the one on March 9, deputy District Attorney Jill Nerone told the court.
Her sentencing will be Oct. 4 in Hayward
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