Police: Woman Transporting Stolen Goods Arrested After Chase Through Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Springdale woman who was transporting stolen video games was arrested after a police chase on Tuesday morning (Dec. 13), police said.

Stacie Latiolais, 20, is facing charges of reckless driving, fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, DWI, and theft by receiving.

A Fayetteville officer attempted to pull over a vehicle around 2 a.m. at Wedington and Meadowlands, but when the vehicle came to a stop, a man jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot and the car sped off, according to a preliminary report.

Officers followed the vehicle, which they later learned was driven by Latiolais. She ran several stop signs and crossed over the center line of the road on multiple occasions during the chase, the report states.

Near the intersection of Persimmon and Shiloh, Latiolais ran the stop sign and drove through the median, hitting an object that flattened her front passenger and rear driver side tires, the report states. She continued fleeing from officers, and eventually the tires blew out, so the chase continued for about 15 minutes while she was driving on the rims.

The chase finally ended when Latiolais hit a fire hydrant and street sign near the intersection of Government and Cheshire, where officers put her in custody.

Officers said in the report that a strong marijuana odor was coming from the vehicle, and that Latiolais had bloodshot and watery eyes.

Officers found seven video games inside the vehicle, and Latiolais told officers the games were stolen from the Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The report states that the stolen games, which also had anti-theft devices, were valued at nearly $800.

Latiolais was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.