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Local woman faces charges after car theft

— A woman accused of stealing a car from a local resident is facing multiple charges.

Annastasia Rodriguez, 27, has been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, third-degree driving while license suspended, driving under the influence and failure to drive a motor vehicle with ignition interlock.

She appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday for a preliminary hearing.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol arrested Rodriguez at Nob Hill Boulevard and South 18th St. in Yakima on Friday, records show.

She was driving erratically in the westbound lanes of Interstate 82 at the interchange with U.S. Highway 97 when the trooper was alerted to her whereabouts, records show.

The trooper was provided a description of the Hyundai Tucson she was driving and a dispatcher alerted the trooper the vehicle was reported stolen by a resident on South Seventh Street in Sunnyside, records show.

The trooper waited for the vehicle to arrive at the Nob Hill Boulevard exit along Interstate 82, records show.

The trooper followed it to a gas station at the intersection of South 18th Street, records show.

The driver exited the vehicle and the trooper made contact with her, taking her into custody, records show.

Rodriguez said her mother let her drive the vehicle and told the trooper there was a male passenger with her, records show.

After removing the passenger, the trooper confirmed the vehicle was earlier reported stolen by its owner, records show.

He also noted Rodriguez smelled of “intoxicants,” and her eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy. “Her balance appeared unsteady,” the trooper said in court documents.

A breathalyzer was used and Rodriguez’s blood alcohol level results were .164, documents show.

The trooper conducted a records check and found her driver’s license was revoked for a felony involving a vehicle, records show. She was also required to have an ignition interlock on any vehicle she drives.

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