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Woman admits to being in stolen vehicle

YOUNGSTOWN — A woman was arrested after an 88-year-old man who was driving her home Sunday afternoon said she stole his car, according to a Youngstown police report.

The man said he was on West Judson Avenue on the South Side about 1:15 p.m. when the woman jumped from the front passenger seat into the drivers’ seat and backed out of the driveway, knocking him to the ground, the report states. The man had a minor laceration above one eye, police said.

An officer reported going to West Chalmers Avenue and Hillman Street for a woman fleeing on foot from a vehicle that had been driven at high speed.

Officers spotted a Honda Pilot on West Chalmers and learned that it had been stolen. Police learned from a citizen that the woman who was driving the car was at Hillman Avenue and Willis Street. Officers found a woman matching the description of the woman fleeing from the vehicle.

The woman, Latoya Griffin, 38, of Breaden Street, was taken into custody and later charged with resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Youngstown Municipal Court records.

Police said Griffin initially denied being in the Honda Pilot, she later admitted she had been inside it and said she had to drop it back off later that evening.

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