Woman Charged After Thursday's Theft of a Police Vehicle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Officers responded late Thursday afternoon to National Car Wash, 427 Harding Place, where a woman had allegedly broken into a vehicle and was in a physical altercation with the victim.
Midtown Hills Precinct Sergeant Nicholas Kulp placed the suspect, Jennifer Stewart, 31, into the back of his marked patrol car at 4 p.m. in order to separate her from the victim. After Sergeant Kulp went to speak to the victim, a review of surveillance video showed Stewart appear to crawl through the divider from the back seat into the front seat of the patrol car. Stewart drove off in the police vehicle.
The Emergency Communications Center provided updates on the location of the stolen patrol car as ground units followed. South Precinct officers successfully deployed spike strips on Haywood Lane near Apache Trail, flattening the two front tires of the patrol car. Stewart was taken into custody on Mount View Road near Crossings Boulevard.
Stewart, of Ocala Drive, is charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, vehicle theft, and vandalism. She is being held in lieu of $37,500 bond.
Midtown Hills Precinct Commander Kay Lokey will be reviewing the circumstances that led up to the theft.