UPDATE: Woman Arrested After Stealing Taxi, Driving Wrong Way on Hwy.4

August 15, 2014 · 28 comments

A woman was arrested this morning after allegedly stealing a taxicab and driving the wrong way on state Highway 4 in Martinez, causing two crashes and shutting down the roadway, authorities said.

A taxi driver called police around 8:15 a.m. to report that someone had just stolen his cab from the 700 block of Escobar Street, according to Martinez police.

The California Highway Patrol got a report a short time later of a taxi driving the wrong way on Highway 4 near Morello Avenue, CHP Officer John Fransen said.

The cab headed east in the highway’s westbound lanes, causing a Honda Civic to swerve out of the way and hit a roadway median, Fransen said.

Moments later, the driver of an SUV attempted to swerve out of the taxi’s path but struck a gray van, causing the SUV to overturn.

Fransen said he did not know the extent of possible injuries suffered in the crash.

The taxi came to a stop a short distance away and Martinez police arriving on the scene apprehended the driver, identified as 40-year-old Jaimee Ellam, police said.

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She was taken to a hospital to be evaluated and placed under arrest.

Drugs are believed to be a factor in the incident but an investigation into the collisions is ongoing, Fransen said.

The CHP closed two lanes of westbound Highway 4 following the crashes but the roadway has since reopened.

RELATED STORYVIDEO: Wrong-Way Taxi Driver Causes Crash on Hwy. 4 in Martinez

photo credit: CHP

video credit: Moiz Qureshi  @moiz41510

1 WC August 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

This is why marijuana should be legalized.

2 me August 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Looks like she is a crazy homeless person. There are a few of these roaming downtown Martinez. Might be a good idea to take your keys with you when you go into the store.

3 bored@work August 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM
4 cOMMONsENSE August 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Figures, female driver.

5 green August 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

#2 me: “Looks like she is a crazy homeless person.”

there is no pic of her.

6 drugs are believed to be a factor? August 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

no way.

7 Kev August 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM

It looks to me like the person taking the video is the driver of that car… no way in hell that is safe driving, either. There’s even a passenger in the back who could be doing it instead. I wouldn’t exactly condone that video, personally… and I’m typically not a downer about these things.

8 anon August 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Oh…Pleeeeasse.. fellow citizens — lets make dope legal or at least pot to start with so the youngsters get a taste of whats to come as them can’t live life unless they are stoned like their low life parents & maybe some day you too can steal a cab & almost kill people when you get better dope since it is all ok (Sarcasm – of course)

9 Craig Cannon August 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Anyone Note The Video, Most Likely Shot from the Drivers Seat of The Chase Car? This #%€£¥£ has Kids in This Car Also? Is That Not Just as Dangerous? My God. Ya Anonymous.

10 Nuttsie the Nutter August 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

“Drugs are believed to be a factor in the incident …..”

This could go down in history as the understatement of the year.

11 Mister Wister August 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

@anon #5,
Come back and spew your nonsense when you can write at least as well as a 2nd grader.

12 Moneypenny August 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I’m not surprised at all by the fact that drugs were a “factor” in this incident. I’ve never been a drug user myself but have seen the carnage it has brought a couple of family members. That in itself showed me that I didn’t want that for my life.
They became homeless, drugged out messes. One is still trying to figure her life out. The other is dead. Way too many drugs in his lifetime.Took anything and everything. They found him dead in a park with an enlarged heart….

13 PhilthyPHRESH August 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I could see how marijuana would be in play here, except it isn’t a drug. A perfectly legal, for medical consumption herb…..

14 Ju August 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Wow i hope they keep this nutcase in jail.. Just a danger to the public

15 Ancient Mariner August 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Since they legalize MJ in Colorado, traffic accidents have dropped 40% and teen use is down.

16 YYZ August 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Answer: A double-tap

17 My Two Cents August 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

you people talking smack about pot need to grow up. Marijuana doesn’t have people stealing cars to keep their habit going. Lack of good role models, Meth, Crack, and Opiates cause all the problems. It takes what was once good people and transforms them into piles of sh@t. There is no mention of marijuana in either of these situations. Just Meth and Opiates. Marijuana is the safest of all the “drugs” out there including Alcohol. Tweakers Suck!! Here’s a little joke….What’s the difference between a crackhead and a tweaker?
The crackhead will steal your stuff and bounce–the tweaker will steal your stuff and then help you look for it….

18 What security August 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I drive that rode everyday and sometime with my children in the car
that crazy B… she is so lucky no one died.

19 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

@What security,#19: rode?
LOLOL!!!

20 Shelly August 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

YYZ #16, Are you from Toronto ON or something?

21 SpankyFortuna August 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Just exactly how does one steal a taxi?

22 Ven Exeter August 15, 2014 at 7:22 PM

This whack job needs to be behind bars. What on earth is the matter with this state?

23 Hey Smart August 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

What no ”lefty’ comment????? She was in the LEFT lane. Your sluffing off.

24 really? August 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

It’s called meth, but let’s continue to make ignorant blanket statements.

25 AAA Sean August 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

FOUR!

26 anonymoose August 16, 2014 at 4:27 AM

Forty?!? Gotta love meth.

27 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 16, 2014 at 10:41 AM

in the upside down world of the lefties, there is no wrong or right. Just whatever happens to feel good at the time.

28 Hey Smart August 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM

You must be around 10 years old, cant you please read a book or go to school so you may be able to contribute more than your constant lefty remarks. Get a life and a clue at the same time,you dont seem to have either

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