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Test drive turns into grand theft charges
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A woman went on a never-ending test drive when she drove a car off a local sales lot with the owner in pursuit.The woman, Christy G. Stevens, 52, is charged with grand theft for stealing the car from C&C Auto Sales on Beersheba Street.“She walked onto the lot and entered the office and talked with the owner,” said McMinnville police officer Richard Teachout. “He asked for a driver’s license before giving a test drive.”The woman said “let me go get my license” and left the office.“The owner watched her go get her things and throw them into a parked vehicle the owner had been driving with the keys inside,” said Teachout, noting the owner came running out of the office to flag her down. “She drove off the lot at a high rate of speed.”The owner and his stepson gave chase and followed the vehicle to South High Street where they were able to get around her and make contact.