Passenger charged, driver flees after chase in stolen vehicle

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica woman has been charged after she was found in a stolen vehicle following a police pursuit.

Police say that around 10 p.m. Sunday night, a woman left her vehicle parked in a lot on Welshbush Ave, unlocked and with the engine running. When the woman returned 20 minutes later, police said the car was gone.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, UPD Officer Holt was patrolling the area of Neilson Street when he observed the stolen vehicle and attempted to pull it over. The vehicle fled, leading to a short police pursuit before the occupants of the vehicle pulled into a driveway on Howard Ave and the driver fled on foot.

Police say a passenger in the vehicle, Vanessa Bennett, 25, of Utica, was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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