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Winter Haven woman arrested for grand theft auto

4:52 PM, Jan 22, 2014   |    comments
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Polk County, Florida -- A woman was tracked down by a helicopter and police vehicles after she stole a car from an elderly man and drove it all around Winter Haven. 

Heather Johnson was in Auburndale when she asked 79-year-old Thomas Stewart for a ride to the CVS. Stewart gave her a ride and afterwards, Johnson asked for a ride home. As Steward was taking her home, Johnson asked Stewart to stop at the boat ramp just off Hwy 92 at Lake Pansy. When the pair got out of the truck, Johnson grabbed Stewart's keys, and drove away. Stewart immediately called 911 and a search was issued for his truck.  

Johnson drove the truck through a field and even cut through the baseball field of Auburndale High School towards Stadium Road. The entire time the Polk County Sheriff's Office helicopter kept a visual on the vehicle, reporting to officers where Johnson was heading. 

Eventually, the front passenger tire of the truck had blown and Johnson was riding on the rim. The vehicle finally came to a stop in an open field in the area of 8th St. NW and Ave. T, Northeast in Winter Haven. 

Officers converged on the vehicle and arrested Johnson who was taken to a local hospital due to a slight cut on her hand. Johnson was later taken to the Polk County Jail.

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