Law enforcement authorities in Alaska often receive reports of stolen vehicles, but that does not necessarily mean that every report turns out to be true. When police get such calls, they typically document the information. If a police officer makes a traffic stop and runs a tag number, a vehicle may come up as registered stolen.
Police say they were recently drawn into a chase on Glenn Highway, where they were pursuing a woman who was believed to have stolen a pickup truck. Investigators say that the woman was uncooperative when police ultimately stopped her in the vehicle. They also stated that officers on the scene sprayed pepper spray at the woman to subdue her and also used a K-9 unit in the process.
An arrest was made and charges were filed
The 37-year-old woman was taken into police custody. Police claim that the truck had been stolen from a parking lot. In fact, they said, the owner of the vehicle was sitting in a friend’s car at the time and watched an individual drive away in his Toyota.
Vehicle owner initiated a pursuit
Emergency dispatchers received a call from the vehicle owner, who was following behind the alleged stolen pickup truck at the time. Once police officers boxed the vehicle in near a weigh station, they employed measures to extricate the woman from the vehicle and took her into custody. She now faces multiple charges, including first-degree and second-degree theft, as well as criminal mischief. In most cases like this, the ultimate outcome hinges upon a defendant’s ability to present a focused and meaningful defense.