Alleged carjacker behind bars following Shingle Springs incident

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - A Placerville man is in custody after attempting to carjack a Cameron Park woman’s vehicle at a Shingle Springs carwash. The incident began around 9:30 Aug. 6 when law enforcement officials responded to a 911 call reporting an attempted carjacking at the Clean Wash on Durock Road. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Tania Nichols told deputies that she and her two daughters, ages 8 and 10, had stopped to wash their car. They were getting change from a coin machine when a white male, later identified as 42-year-old Daniel Craig Wright, reportedly tried to steal the victim’s car. “She ran back to her car while her daughters hid behind the coin machine and Nichols started fighting with Wright, in an attempt to stop him from stealing her car,” according to Sgt. Jim Byers of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Nichols was reportedly able to pull Wright out of her car. He then fled on foot toward Strolling Hills Road. Deputies and officer from the California Highway Patrol began searching the area with the aid of the CHP helicopter. An individual matching the suspect’s description was spotted by the helicopter crew running along nearby Lariat Loop. Byers said that an El Dorado County Sheriff K9 unit attempted to stop Wright on Lariat Loop, but he fled through some brush. Following a short foot chase, a K9 officer was deployed catching Wright and biting him. Wright reportedly began to fight the K9 officer and continued to resist when the K9 officer’s handler attempted to handcuff the suspect. Wright was eventually taken in to custody and transported to Marshall Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Area resident Sandra Cross said the incident is unusual for the area. “I’ve lived up here for a long time and I haven’t heard of something like this before,” she said outside the Safeway store near the carwash. “This is something you hear about happening in cities, not our area” According to El Dorado County Jail records, Wright was booked on several charges including attempted carjacking, assaulting a Police K9, and resisting arrest. As of press time, he remained in custody in lieu of $790,000 bail.