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Woman Chases Her Own Stolen Car After Discovering it Hours After Being Taken

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TRI-CITIES, WA. -- A woman in Kennewick stumbled upon her stolen car and then took action to get it back.


That car was stolen out of one of the parking lots on North Arthur Street right across the street from Kamiakin High School Sunday night. 


Well imagine then stumbling upon that stolen car just hours later that night and following it! That's what one women did when she encountered her stolen white Pontiac Grand Am in Richland with the man who stole it inside the car! 


She followed the stolen car and called police. We talked to Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin Monday afternoon and asked him if this was the right thing to do. 


"Nothing wrong with following if you see your stolen car," Sgt. Lattin said. "Just remember you have to obey all the traffic laws. So this can't be a pursuit. If they start running and running through red lights and speeding, you cannot. Imagine the liability you have if you crash into somebody and you say, 'Oh I was just chasing my stolen car.'"


After the woman called 9-1-1, Pasco Police intercepted the car and chased it at speeds of more than 80 miles per hour to the end of Road 36. 


There the thief ran into a dead end. He got out of the car and tried to hide in some rows of grape vines, but he didn't escape for long after officers brought out their K-9 Unit. 


A good ending to an unusual day for one Kennewick woman after following her own stolen car down the Interstate. 

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