Woman who live streamed fatal crash could be headed back to prison, legal analyst says


Obdulia Sanchez, the 20-year-old woman who live-streamed the 2017 DUI crash in which her sister was killed, was rearrested Thursday.

She’s back behind bars less than a month after her early release from prison. Stockon police took her into custody for weapons and traffic violations.

Legal analyst David Mugridge said Sanchez is likely headed right back to prison.

“She got a great deal when she got out early on parole and now it’s like she slapped everybody in the face when she’s committed this new crime and it’s not likely to go well for her,” he said.

Mugridge said good behavior was likely behind her release. She was paroled September 21 after serving less than two years of a more than six year sentence.

Joe Silva the public information officer for the Stockton Police Department said Sanchez led them on a chase.

“She was not stopping at red lights, she was not stopping at stop signs, she was not stopping for the police,” he said.

Sanchez’s father Nicandro said she fled out of fear of the police. “She got scared. That’s why she ran,” he said.

He said she should not have been on the road.

“She’s not supposed to drive. She has a driver’s license, but it’s suspended,” he said. Police said her license was revoked.

Sanchez eventually crashed, and a male passenger ran out of the car and was able to evade police. Sanchez was arrested and a loaded gun was found in the vehicle.

“A weapons violation for a felon is considered a serious violation and there’s a strong likelihood that she could be going back to prison,” Mugridge said.

He said she could now serve out the rest of her original term, “and then on top of that because a felon in possession of a weapon could be charged separately. She could get new prison time,” he said.

He expects this sentencing to come quickly and be resolved within the next few months. “If she can think of a good prayer, now would be a good time,” he said.

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