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Update: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - The man and woman accused of stealing a fire truck appeared in Butte County Superior Court Wednesday.
35 year old Candice Scollard from Quincy, and 26 year old David Carcalete from Rio Linda, face charges of stealing an emergency vehicle, recklessly evading pursuing law enforcement, and resisting arrest.
Witnesses report that the couple drove away with the fire engine while firefighters were battling a 12 acre grass fire in Rio Linda.
One firefighter's cell phone had been left in the vehicle, allowing law enforcement to track its GPS location.
The CHP was able to stop the thieves after deploying a spike strip.
The judge has set their cases over to Thursday morning for further arraignment in the Superior Court.
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Two people have been taken into custody after stealing a fire truck and leading law enforcement on a two and a half hour chase that went through five counties and ended on Highway 70 near Yankee Hill, Butte County, said the California Highway Patrol Yuba-Sutter Division.
According to CHP Yuba-Sutter Sergeant Brian Wittmer, officers gave chase to a man and a woman at around 3:48 p.m. in Sacramento.
The suspects then drove around Sacramento, then went to Placer, Sutter, Yuba and Butte Counties, said, Wittmer.
Wittmer said as of Saturday they do not know how the couple stole the fire truck.
They report initially that at times both people were driving the stolen vehicle.
He also adds that they do not know who the initial driver was because at times they would cover their faces with their shirts.
Both suspects are unidentified, but the woman who was allegedly in the stolen vehicle called herself "Candice" and claimed that she was kidnapped by the male, and had an ax with him, but those claims have not been confirmed by CHP.
The CHP is still investigating if anybody was injured by the dangerous chase, but Wittmer did add that the suspects had done several hit-and-runs in Sacramento and Placer Counties.
The chase ended when the stolen truck pulled over on the side of Highway 70 near Yankee Hill.
Before that, officers pulled out spike straps and busted one of the stolen vehicle's front tires, but officers added that the truck continued for another 20 to 30 minutes.
The hour's long chase left the female suspect injured, no word yet if the man sustained any injuries.
The couple is expected to be charged with possession of stolen property, fleeing and alluding, and if authorities can confirm it, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and DUI.