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Tennessee couple arrested on vehicle theft, identity theft charges

November 28, 2018

A low-speed chase last week ended in the arrest of a Tennessee couple on charges including car theft, fraud and identity theft.

According to the police report, patrol officers observed a vehicle parked on a Bluewater Drive sidewalk. When the officers approached the vehicle in their police cruiser, the vehicle fled at a low rate of speed – between 15 and 20 miles per hour, according to the police report, despite the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

When the vehicle allegedly swerved several times across the center line, officers activated their emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle’s driver, identified as Tina R. Wright, 35, of Cookeville, was without her driver’s license or the vehicle’s registration when she was stopped, according to the report.

Wright told police the vehicle was a rental, police said, but a records check showed the vehicle was reported stolen from Lee County, Florida. According to the report, the vehicle bore an Arizona license plate registered to an Arizona car dealership.

Wright allegedly told officers she rented the vehicle several weeks prior, and was unsure of when she was to return it. She was arrested at the scene, and the vehicle was searched. According to the police report, officers found pieces of mail and personal information for multiple people within the vehicle, indicative of fraudulent activity.

Officers went to a hotel room occupied by Wright’s boyfriend, 37-year-old Michael S. Carter, also of Cookeville. According to the report, officers identified and detained Carter, to be interviewed at the Lake Havasu City Police Department.

Wright and Carter have been charged with motor vehicle theft, identity theft, forgery and fraud.

— Staff Reports

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