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Ohio woman arrested after stealing vehicle from gas pump


On Monday, Feb. 15, at approximately 7:22 a.m., Atmore Police Department officers responded to Chevron Gas Station on Highway 21, in Atmore regarding a stolen vehicle.

According to police reports, officers determined that a gray Chevrolet Tahoe had been stolen while stationary at the gas pump. Witnesses said a female, later identified as 22-year-old Hayli Dawn Lape of Columbus, Ohio jumped into the vehicle and sped away, damaging the gas pump as she did so.

Alabama State Troopers and APD officers pursued the vehicle as Lape drove onto I-65 southbound and exited at Baldwin County Road 47, where she crashed the vehicle.

Police said Lape attempted to elude officers on foot but was apprehended a short time later and placed under arrest. She suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette, where she was treated and released.

The Ohio woman was taken to the Escambia County Detention Center without incident. She remained behind bars late Tuesday afternoon, awaiting a bond hearing on charges of first-degree theft of property and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.

Mug shot courtesy Escambia Co. Sheriff’s Office