BURLEY, Idaho -- A Tooele, Utah, woman was taken into custody Tuesday after leading police on a chase through Burley and the surrounding area in a stolen vehicle.
Rachel Tso, 20, was booked into the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center on charges of felony eluding police and grand theft by possession after she surrendered by stopping in the middle of the road and putting her hands in the air near 1000 S. Idaho Highway 27 at 4:12 p.m. A witness reported seeing Tso allegedly steal the grey 2012 Dodge Avenger, owned by a rental car company, at 3:50 p.m. in north Burley.
According to the Cassia County Sheriff's report, a Heyburn police officer began following Tso as she headed south on the Burley-Heyburn bridge.
Cassia County sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit with Tso allegedly traveling up to 60 or 70 mph on East Main Street. According to the report, she failed to stop at several red lights before heading out of the city limits southwest of Burley.
A Cassia deputy put out a spike strip on the road in an attempt to stop Tso in the 700 block of S. Idaho Highway 27. Tso hit the strip, which flattened the rear passenger side tire, but Tso continued heading south between 40 and 60 mph with the tire coming apart, according to the report.
Idaho State Police troopers set up another spike strip at 1000 S. on the highway and as Tso approached 1000 S. she slowed the vehicle to 15 mph and then stopped in the middle of the southbound lane. The officer approached the vehicle with his weapon drawn and Tso put her hands in the air.
The estimated value of the vehicle is $20,000. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $150. Tso also allegedly stole a jacket.
)2012 The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)
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