Woman steals N.C. cruiser, leads cops on 140 mph highway pursuit

An officer was speaking to someone and had their vehicle open when the woman got into the driver’s seat and sped off

By Emmalyse Brownstein
The Charlotte Observer

SHELBY, N.C. — A woman stole a patrol car from police and led them on a high-speed pursuit down US-74 North Carolina State Highway Patrol officials said.

An officer with the Shelby Police Department was speaking to someone and had their vehicle open, WSOC reported, when a 30-year-old woman of Shelby, North Carolina, is accused of getting in the driver’s seat and speeding off.

The chase began around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, in Cleveland County, officials said. It lasted about seven minutes and crossed into Gaston County before patrol officers flattened the vehicle’s tires with deflating “stop sticks.”

The woman reached speeds of 140 miles per hour, according to WSOC and Fox 46. When she came to a stop, the outlets reported, officials said they had to break windows because she refused to exit the vehicle.

The woman was arrested by highway patrol officials and charged with unspecified felonies and misdemeanors, according to the statement.

Shelby is about 45 miles west of downtown Charlotte.

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