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Alleged car hijacker charged with 4 felonies in Michigan

| Mar 3, 2020 | Felonies |

A 22-year-old woman is accused of hijacking a pickup truck in front of a motel in Franklin, Michigan, on the morning of Valentine’s Day. The owner of the vehicle claims he left the vehicle running right outside the door of his motel room when he alleges he saw a woman with blonde hair opening the door of the truck. He says he tried to pull her out of the vehicle, but he failed, and the alleged hijacker drove off, dragging him along for about 20 yards. Law enforcement ultimately caught up with the woman, and she is now facing four felonies.

Franklin police followed her, but the pursuit was abandoned for fear of causing accidents when the woman in the truck ran three red lights and traveled at a speed of about 100 mph. The wrecked vehicle was later located in a parking lot. Franklin police claim they discovered that the suspect offered sex online, and an undercover officer arranged a meeting. However, this plan failed when the woman noticed a uniformed officer providing backup.

According to police, the suspect tried to flee and managed to get into the elevator after policed tased her several times. As she got into the elevator, she allegedly grabbed the taser from an officer, and she tased him. Reportedly, the pursuit finally ended when the doors of the elevator opened, and officers were there to arrest the woman.

She was taken into custody and now faces four felonies that include vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding, and disarming and battery of a police officer. Authorities say a guilty verdict could put her in prison for as many as 19 years, but before that can happen, the prosecution must prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar circumstances in Michigan will likely retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect his or her legal rights and provide advocacy to reach the most favorable outcome for the client throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.