With the turn of a key, a witness helped in the apprehension of an auto theft suspect in Turlock on Thursday morning.
Shortly after 10 a.m., police were alerted to a driver hitting a parked car at the Arco station on the 2200 block of Lander Avenue. Officers learned that a witness believed the driver, later identified as Devin Elaine Neely, was under the influence. Because Neely was trying to leave, the witness reached in and took the keys from the ignition, police said.
“Devin decided she did not want to stick around for the police to respond and fled on foot toward the Travelodge” next door, said Police Department spokesman Sgt. Russell Holeman. Responding officers were directed that way and found Neely hiding. Her feet were sticking out from behind a stairwell.
The vehicle Neely was driving had been stolen, Holeman said, and the license plates on it had been stolen from another car.
She faces charges of receiving stolen property, hit-and-run and driving without a valid license. Neely also was wanted on five misdemeanor warrants from various agencies, police said.
She remained in jail Friday morning with a bail total of more than $25,000.