A Georgia woman who reportedly met a man on a dating app stole his truck during their first date before leading authorities on a wild high-speed chase that was captured on video.
Jenifer Lee Gray became the “date from hell,” Coweta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Toby Nix told FOX 5 Atlanta.
The 37-year-old woman, who also goes by Piper, met the victim, Wesley Burson, on the dating app “Plenty of Fish,” according to WSB-TV. The man arranged for an Uber to pick up Gray at the Northwest Atlanta hotel on Thursday night and bring her back to his home in Coweta County for their first date.
“As they’re getting ready to go out for the evening, he’s getting ready, he hears his truck crank up in the driveway, and she’s left in it,” Nix told FOX 5.
Burson said he had gone to use the bathroom when he heard his truck start outside, according to the incident report.
When he came back out of the restroom, he spotted his truck peel across the front yard and dialed 911 to report the stolen vehicle.
While a patrol deputy was en route to the incident location, a member of the sheriff’s office Field Operations spotted the stolen vehicle on Welcome Rd. He was able to catch up to the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop on Temple Ave, Nix also told Fox News Digital.
But Gray allegedly refused to pull over and accelerated to speeds of over 100 mph.
“On the interstate, speeds were over 100 mph, she was driving recklessly, trying to swerve and hit our patrol car while he was attempting to do a PIT maneuver,” Nix told FOX 5.
A member of the sheriff’s office’s H.E.A.T. Unit standing by on the interstate was able to get a successful hit with “stop sticks” on the offender vehicle as it passed the 53 I-85 N mile marker, Nix said. Members of the Crime Suppression Unit caught up with the pursuit and were able to perform a PIT Maneuver on the offender vehicle.
Gray was taken into custody and transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for an evaluation before being moved to Coweta County Jail on charges of theft by taking and fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer.
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