CASA GRANDE — Workers at a job site near Casa Grande got a surprise around lunch time Tuesday when a woman allegedly stole one of their work trucks.

Tiffany Leann Fridline, 38, allegedly stole a red truck from a work site near Jimmie Kerr Boulevard and Interstate 10 around noon, according to Casa Grande Police spokesman Thomas Anderson. One of the workers followed her into Casa Grande, where police officers spotted her in the truck on Cottonwood Lane near Trekell Road.

Officers were able to use spike strips to deflate one of the truck’s front tires. The vehicle came to a stop near Ariana Way and Santiana Place in the Mission Valley neighborhood, Anderson said.

Fridline tried to flee on foot, he said. She was taken into custody and to the hospital to be checked out before being booked into the county jail.

She was arrested on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement, resisting arrest and theft of means of transportation.

She was released on her own recognizance and was arrested on suspicion of new charges of theft of means of transportation and aggravated assault on Sept. 1. It is currently unknown what the new charges are related to.

Anderson said the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating a collision at the beginning of the pursuit. Fridline’s hometown is unknown at this time.

Fridline appears to be the same person who was reported to Eloy Police as overdue around 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 and was last seen in the area of Sunland Gin Road, according to Eloy Police officials. Eloy Police posted a description of the missing woman and a photograph to their Facebook page and later amended the post to state that the woman had been found.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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