Woman gets 15 months in prison for high-speed chase
A 30-year-old Green Valley woman was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison for an August high-speed chase involving the Border Patrol, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.
Jessica Leann Johnson pleaded guilty on Nov. 17 to conspiracy to commit high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint, said Bill Solomon, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
On Aug. 4, Johnson was a passenger in a vehicle that was referred for a secondary inspection at the Interstate 19 checkpoint. She refused to leave the vehicle when asked by Border Patrol agents, Solomon said.
When an agent reached into the passenger window to get her out of the car, Johnson yelled to the driver, 28-year-old Lisa Marie Quihuis, to "Go, go, go." Quihius accelerated while the agent's arm was still in the vehicle, Solomon said.
The agent was able to move out of the way as the pair fled, nearly hitting another agent with the vehicle, Solomon said.
Quihuis drove on I-19 at a high speed until she stopped the vehicle and she and Johnson fled on foot. They were arrested a short time later, Solomon said.
Quihuis, of Sahaurita, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Jan. 12, Solomon said.