AMARILLO -- Amarillo Police were called out at 7:50 a.m. to the 2000 block of S Fairfield on a stolen vehicle.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim who stated they had started their 2000 Chevrolet Pick Up to let it warm up and went back inside their residence. A few minutes later the car owner returned to find the vehicle was now gone.
At 9:15 a.m. the owner of the vehicle saw the stolen truck and contacted police and attempted to keep the vehicle in sight until officers arrived. Arriving officers located the stolen vehicle and a chase ensued. The driver of the stolen truck ended up on Airport Blvd and eventually drove down a dead end street. As the driver was still eluding officers, they blew out a tire and eventually wrecked the truck in a ditch, and the driver was taken into custody around 9:33 a.m.
Cassandra Flores, 18, was arrested and booked into the Potter County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle, and one local municipal court warrant.
The vehicle was released back to the owner.
Amarillo Police want to remind residents not to leave your vehicle unattended even for a short time. This vehicle was stolen and driven away in a matter of minutes. As colder weather approaches if you need to warm up your vehicle the best suggestion is to sit in the car while it warms up. It is estimated that well over half of the stolen vehicles in Amarillo had the keys in the vehicle.
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