A woman who officers say vandalized a Flag City motel, led sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase and drove a stolen SUV through two Acampo vineyards on Monday faces 10 criminal charges, according to records from San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Erika Ann Gibson, 29, remains in custody in lieu of $130,000 bail, according to court records. She was arrested late Monday afternoon in Thornton.
Gibson is charged with spraying graffiti and otherwise vandalizing property at Best Western Inn, 6400 W. Banner St., Flag City, at about 11:50 a.m. Monday, and leading San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies on a chase east on Highway 12. Deputies say they lost sight of the car after crossing the Union Pacific Railroad tracks west of DeVries Road.
Gibson then crashed the car she was driving on property owned by Dennis Willis near Turner and DeVries roads, according to Sheriff's deputies, then stole a 2000 Chevrolet and drove it through vineyards owned by Steve Perrin and LangeTwins Family Winery. Damage to the two vineyards is estimated at $4,000, according to court records.
Furthermore, records show Gibson gave Sheriff's deputies her sister's name and birthdate, which resulted in an additional charge of impersonating her sister and trying to make her sister liable for any convictions.
A story posted on the News-Sentinel's website, Lodinews.com, on Tuesday gave Gibson's sister's name, which was on news releases from the Sheriff's office and California Highway Patrol. The Lodinews.com story was deleted later on Tuesday and replaced by a story without the suspect's name.
Here are the charges pending against Gibson:
- Vandalism of more than $400 at Best Western, which included graffiti and other damage, a felony.
- Stealing a Ford Explorer, a felony.
- Purchasing a 2000 Chevrolet, which she knew had been stolen by someone else, a felony.
- Felony damage to two vineyards, one owned by Steve Perrin and one by LangeTwins Family Winery, off Ray Road between Peltier and Kile roads.
- Resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
- Providing false identification to an officer, a misdemeanor.
- Evading an officer, a misdemeanor.
- Damaging property on a vineyard owned by Art Prudhel, a misdemeanor.
Gibson didn't enter a plea at Tuesday's arraignment in Lodi, according to court records. She is due for further arraignment at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12 at the Lodi courthouse.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at email@example.com.