April 6, 2017
Just before noon on Wednesday, police in Visalia received a report of someone trying to get into a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day. It happened on N. Encina in Visalia.
When officers arrived, they arrested 34-year-old Mariah Ann Chaffin, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of the police cruiser.
While the officers finished up their investigation, Chaffin was able to unhook one of her handcuffs. Police say she then jumped into the driver’s side of the cruiser and drove the car away.
Thanks to GPS, the cruiser was tracked and found near Jacob and Allen just blocks away. Police caught up with Chaffin, who had run away, a short time later.
Police say Chaffin was booked into jail for “two counts of auto theft.”