A South Carolina woman passing through Gwinnett County took an unexpected detour to the county jail after police discovered the vehicle she was driving had been reported stolen.
While patrolling I-85 northbound on March 22, a Gwinnett County Police officer ran the tag of a 2010 Ford Fusion. The tag return indicated the vehicle had been stolen. Officers conducted a felony traffic stop at the Hamilton Mill exit ramp from I-85 and placed the driver, identified as Evelyn Brinkman, 44, of Walhalla, S.C., in handcuffs.
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After reading Brinkman the Miranda Warning, the officer asked if she would be willing to answer questions. Brinkman agreed.
The officer asked Brinkman if she knew the car was stolen and Brinkman reportedly replied, "Yes, well no, I was told they were not going to report it." According to the police report, the vehicle had been rented by Brinkman's boyfriend. Brinkman explained she received a call advising that she needed to return the vehicle, but had one more week to do so.
Upon further questioning, Brinkman admitted she had received a call from the Walhalla Police Department on March 21 advising the vehicle had been reported stolen.
"[Brinkman] kept saying that she needed to return the vehicle and that is why she was driving it. [Brinkman] stated she did not want to be left stranded if she stopped driving the vehicle," the officer wrote in the report.
Brinkman was booked into the jail on a charge of theft by receiving. She was released on April 2 on a $1,850 bond.