GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old Grand Rapids girl who officers say stole a police cruiser for a “joyride” is now charged with two felonies.
Alyssa Martinez was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of unlawful driving away of an automobile and malicious destruction of property, as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting and obstructing police.
The incident all started around 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Police say they were responding to reports of a fight in the 1300 block of Leonard Street NW when they spotted a minivan leaving the scene. Once they stopped the vehicle, the driver, 19-year-old Gidalthi Reyes-Macias of Grand Rapids, ran. Two officers abandoned their police cruiser with the keys still inside to chase him.
Police believe Martinez was one of seven people who got out of the minivan at that time. Officers say a dash camera showed her getting into the cruiser with its overhead lights still activated, pulling away, and crashing into the minivan, damaging both vehicles.
Police say Martinez drove the cruiser for about a mile, running several stop signs and topping speeds of 50 miles per hour before driving onto the sidewalk at 11th Street and Powers Avenue NW, where she got out.
Police say they found Martinez walking nearby when they used GPS to track down the cruiser a few minutes later.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said although Martinez was originally arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated that charge is being withheld pending toxicology test results.
The driver of the minivan is charged with felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanor charges: driving on a suspended license and failing to obey an officer’s commands.