The couple accused of leading La Mesa police and California Highway Patrol officers on a wild chase last Friday pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of car theft and evading police.
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Andrew Sigsbee and Aubrey Desanti appeared in court on Wednesday in shackles and jail uniforms and listened quietly as the deputy district attorney assigned to their case told the judge they were a danger to the public.
Deputy district attorney Rebecca Zipp said the couple were spotted by a police officer in La Mesa but took off in a stolen white Toyota Camry as the officer yelled for them to stop.
The car sped away with Sigsbee behind the wheel, Zipp told the judge. She said evidence shows Sigsbee ran several red lights and even drove the car through the lowered arms at a trolley crossing "at such a speed that it broke the windshield of the vehicle."
The chase led officers through the residential streets of La Mesa and then onto Interstate 8 and Interstate 5 at speeds of more than 100 mph.
When the car went through an area of Clairemont, Sigsbee pulled over long enough for Desanti to jump out and run away. For safety reasons, police called off the chase.
They later found the Camry abandoned after it crashed into a pole in Mira Mesa. Police say Sigsbee stole a second car to drive himself to freedom.
That freedom did not last very long. Sigsbee and Desanti were arrested at a house in Rolando Saturday night.
The judge set Sigsbees bail at $75,000. Desantis bail was set at $50,000.
Sigsbee has been to prison twice: once for car theft and once for burglary. If convicted in the car theft and chase, he could get seven years behind bars. The maximum Desanti could get is three years.
The pair will return to court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 25.
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