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TPD: Woman stole car with victim still inside, led police on high-speed chase through Tallahassee

Posted at 7:44 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 20:01:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested a woman accused in multiple carjackings and an attempted kidnapping.

Police received a call around 4 p.m. on Wednesday that a woman was attempting to steal a victim's car from the Chevron gas station in the 2700 block of Centerville Road.

The victim reported someone had just stolen her car from the parking lot and was able to provide a description of a female suspect. That suspect was later identified as 31-year-old Stacey Johnson.

TPD said while they were en route, the victim told police Johnson had stopped the car before abandoning it in the parking lot.

Johnson then attempted to steal two other vehicles in the parking lot, one unoccupied vehicle and one occupied vehicle. After being unsuccessful, police say she ran to another nearby parking lot.

In the 2500 block of Cathay Court, police say Johnson stole an occupied vehicle.

According to the report, the passenger tried to call for help, but Johnson took the phone away and threw it out the window.

Police say that passenger managed to escape the car after traveling a short distance, and Johnson drove away.

TPD said at that point, the car was seen by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit’s helicopter at the intersection of Bannerman Road and Thomasville Road.

A TPD unit was at the same intersection and attempted to stop Johnson, who immediately drove away at a high speed.

Florida Highway Patrol, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and TPD chased the car to Roberts Road in northeast Tallahassee, where it purposefully collided head-on at a low speed with an oncoming vehicle.

Johnson then exited the stolen vehicle and entered the car she had just hit, attempting to force the driver to help her flee the scene.

After being struck with a TASER, police arrested Johnson. She's been charged with auto theft, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

TPD said there are no injuries reported at this time, and additional charges may be forthcoming as this is an active incident.

This is a developing story.