Just weeks after a California woman who livestreamed her own drunk driving crash that left her sister dead was released on parole, the young woman was arrested again.
Obdulia Sanchez, 20, was released from prison Sept. 21 after serving 26 months for the 2017 crash that killed her 14-year-old sibling Jacqueline Sanchez. She was originally sentenced to more than six years but was released early for good behavior behind bars, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson Ike Dodson told the Merced Sun-Star last month.
Early Thursday, Sanchez was in the hands of the law once again. She led Stockton police on a short vehicle pursuit at around 1:30 a.m. after authorities tried to pull her over for allegedly failing to yield, according to a police statement.
Instead of stopping, police say she drove the car off the roadway near an 1-5 highway ramp. A male passenger that was in the car with her ran out of the car and escaped.
Inside the car, police said they found a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
“The arresting officers saw she was on parole and was driving on a revoked driver’s license,” Officer Joe Silva, a Stockton Police Department spokesman, told the Associated Press.
Sanchez now faces weapons, traffic and parole violation charges for the latest incident.
Sanchez was 18 when she caused the crash that killed her sister. She was livestreaming herself driving while intoxicated — her blood alcohol content was at 0.106 — and singing along to music. At one point, she took her hands off the wheel. The video turned blurry when the car crashed into a field not far from Highway 165 near Los Banos. The car rolled over and hit a barbed-wire fence.
After the crash, Sanchez kept on livestreaming. She recorded herself beside her dead sister.
"Jacqueline, please wake up. I f---ing killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life,” she said. "I love my sister … this is the last thing I thought was going to happen to us. I killed my sister, but I don't care. I'm sorry baby. I'm a hold it down."
Another 14-year-old passenger in the car, who survived and required multiple stitches on her leg, can be seen waving at cars for help while Sanchez livestreamed the grisly aftermath.
While the incident invoked horror nationwide, it appeared that Sanchez was doing well behind bars.
“Sanchez received milestone credits for successful completion of approved rehabilitative or educational programs,” Dodson told the Sun-Star at the time of her release, adding that she had been approved for the state’s Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program, which meant she’ll still be serving her sentence but in her community in a monitored way.
It’s not clear what kind of consequences she could face for the arrest.
Sanchez is currently being held without bail. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. She is due back in court on Oct. 21. Officers are still searching for the male suspect who escaped the scene.
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