Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

An Arcata woman is in custody following a multi-agency vehicle pursuit early Sunday morning.


On August 9, 2020, at about 12:07 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle near 14th and J Streets in Eureka due to the driver reportedly failing to stop for a red light. The driver, later identified as 22-year-old Alexis Nizhoni Lowe, failed to yield for the traffic stop and officers initiated a pursuit. Lowe reportedly ran multiple red lights and stop signs as she fled from officers. The pursuit continued onto northbound Highway 101, where the Arcata Police Department (APD) was dispatched to assist in the pursuit.

As the pursuit continued into the McKinleyville area, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched and took over the pursuit from the two agencies. The vehicle continued to flee from deputies at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. As the vehicle neared Del Norte County, deputies requested the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Del Norte Division and the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

Near Klamath, CHP-Del Norte officers successfully deployed a spike strip, disabling Lowe’s vehicle. Lowe stopped the vehicle and she was taken into custody by CHP Del Norte officers without further incident. No one was injured during the pursuit.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned that the vehicle Lowe was driving was stolen earlier in the evening out of the Loleta area but had not yet been reported to law enforcement.

Lowe was booked into the Del Norte County Jail on charges of vehicle theft (VC 10851(a)), evading a peace officer (VC 2800.2), theft involving a motor vehicle (PC 496(d)), under the influence of a controlled substance (HS 11550(a)), driving with a suspended license (VC 14601.1(a)) and DUI (VC 23152(f)).