ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 2900 block of Walton Boulevard, a Mobil Gas Station, on the report of a larceny from an auto.
Dispatch advised that the caller came out of the gas station and observed an unknown white female driving his Dodge Dart away from the gas pumps. The female stopped in the gas station parking lot and exited the caller’s vehicle. The female had taken two wrist watches, some cash and a bag containing firearm magazines from the caller’s vehicle.
The woman was then observed getting into a Dodge Ram pickup which was parked at the gas pumps. The female attempted to start the vehicle with negative results. The female was confronted by the owner who was pumping gas and exited the vehicle. The woman was described as white female wearing an orange t-shirt and a baseball cap, and between the ages of 45-50. She was seen leaving the Mobil Station in the silver/gray Ford F150 pickup.
A Deputy responded to the area and located a silver/gray Ford F150 pickup matching the description of the responsible vehicle in a parking lot across the street from the Mobil Gas Station. The Deputy made contact and the driver, She accelerated away at a high rate of speed.
Deputies in fully marked patrol vehicles activated their overhead lights and sirens and attempted to stop the vehicle. The Ford F-150 continued at a high rate of speed westbound on Walton Blvd. from Adams Rd. towards the City of Auburn Hills. Dispatch was given the vehicle’s description and license plate information which returned as a stolen vehicle out of the State of Indiana.
The driver made a U-turn on Walton Boulevard and w/o Squirrel Road continuing to travel eastbound on Walton Boulevard towards the City of Rochester with Deputies in pursuit. Patrol units from the City of Rochester Police Department were contacted and deployed stop sticks on Walton Boulevard and University east of Livernois. The stop sticks took effect on the vehicle’s front tires. The vehicle continued eastbound and eventually struck a brick paver wall at East University and Elizabeth Street where the driver was taken into custody.
The driver suffered no injuries and was cleared by Rochester City paramedics. The vehicle was impounded and stored at Byer’s Towing. The driver was transported to the Rochester Hills substation for interview by detectives. Detectives from OCSO Auto Theft Unit were contacted and responded to the substation. The driver was interviewed and transported to the Oakland County Jail for processing and housing. Alcohol was not a factor.
Colleen Margaret Staker, also known as Colleen Margaret Yantis, 50-years-old, of Trafalgar, Indiana. She was arraigned today on two felony counts of Unlawful Driving Away an Automobile and one count of Fleeing and Eluding. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or 10 percent by Magistrate Courtney Marshall. Staker is being held in the Oakland County Jail. She has no prior criminal history. Her next court date in 52nd District Court – 3rd Division in Rochester Hills has not yet been set.