STOCKTON (CBS13) — Obdulia Sanchez, the Stockton woman who gained national attention when she live-streamed a DUI crash that killed her younger sister, was arrested Thursday after officers reportedly found a handgun in her car.
Near Rosemarie Lane and Piccardo Circle in Stockton, officers tried to pull over a 2005 Buick LaCrosse driven by 20-year-old Sanchez just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday due to outdated tags and a suspended driver’s license, but she refused to stop, leading police on a short chase, according to a Stockton Police Department statement.
During the pursuit, Sanchez ran through two stop signs and a red light before crashing near the Interstate 5 onramp near March Lane. A male passenger ran from the car and got away, say police.
Officers searched the car and say they found a loaded .45 caliber handgun. She was arrested for weapons and traffic-related charges.
Police said that the firearms is being investigated for registration and if it had possibly been used in any crimes in the Stockton area.
Stockton Police told CBS13 that investigators are searching for the male passenger.
A spokesperson for the department said they need to find to the man to corroborate with Sanchez who the firearm belongs to and what it was being used for.
“Were they going out to go commit a crime, a shooting or a robbery with that firearm? We need to find that male passenger and ask him those types of questions,” Officer Joe Silva said.
In September, Sanchez was released from prison on parole after being found guilty of driving under the influence and live-streaming during the crash that killed her younger sister in 2017.
“That tells us she didn’t learn her lessons while she was in prison and that she has no regard for the safety of other people,” Silva said.
She was sentenced to six years in prison but was released early for good behavior.