Police: Woman Spent Morning Stealing Cars, Visiting Hospital

Posted On July 11, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

arrest-handcuffs-crime-scene-graphic-small.jpg(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A hospital visit did not stop a woman from allegedly stealing her second car in just a matter of hours.

Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle crash on Wilson Creek Road at around 1:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7. The driver, Sarah Elizabeth Martin, 24, of Lawrenceburg, was taken to Dearborn County Hospital for treatment of injuries she suffered in the wreck.

At about 6:00 a.m., Lawrenceburg Police received information that the vehicle Martin was driving was reported stolen the previous night. Officers were to the hospital, but Martin had already left.

A second report of a stolen vehicle was received at 11:00 a.m. reporting that Martin had allegedly stolen a vehicle between 5:15 and 8:15 a.m. and had been involved in yet another crash. Martin brought the vehicle back to the complainant.

Police eventually located Martin and brought her back to the hospital for medical treatment.

Martin was booked into the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on charges of Auto Theft (Class D felony) and Operating While Intoxicated – Endangering a Person (Class A misdemeanor). She faces additional charges of Inhaling Toxic Vapors (Class B felony) and probation violation.

Police said another count of Auto Theft remains under investigation.