Woman caught on video stealing police car pleads no contest

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The young woman who was caught on video stealing an Albuquerque police car could go to prison for a long time.

On Thursday, she copped a plea and could get nearly two decades behind bars for all the trouble she’s been causing around town.

Melissa Dominguez caused mid-day chaos last November when she slipped into the front seat of a police cruiser and took off, catching officers off-guard.

It happened in the Wells Fargo parking lot at Zuni and San Mateo. Bank employees called the cops when they thought Dominguez was trying to pass forge checks.

Dominguez was put in the back of their Tahoe, but police think she slipped her cuffs, then led police on a chase until she crashed the SUV.

In court Thursday morning, Dominguez pleaded no contest to taking the car and escaping police custody.

She also pleaded no contest to two burglary crimes from September.

When the judge asked her if she was ready to face the consequences, Dominguez asked if she’d be able to back track on her plea deal at a later date.

Dominguez has a lengthy arrest record filled with charges for burglary, shoplifting and forgery. She was released Thursday morning after court but went right into federal custody on gun charges.

The Albuquerque Police Department says she was caught with the gun in January while unloading some of her stolen loot.

Dominguez’s sentencing is set for September. She faces anywhere from four to 17 years.

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