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A woman was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly stealing a luxury car and leading state troopers on a 125-mph chase on Interstate 5 in Lewis County, according to Kelso police.

Police were dispatched around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning to the 100 block of South Third Avenue, where a man told Officer Jon Freeman that he had warmed up his car, locked it and returned to go to work when he was approached by a woman. The woman asked if the car belonged to the victim and then said, “Nice car. Do you think I can steal it?”

The woman then picked up a hammer and broke the driver side window while the owner watched. She then got into the car, yelled “Winning!” and drove off northbound on South Pacific Avenue.

Washington State Patrol troopers saw the vehicle northbound on I-5 at a high speed and pursued, with speeds hitting 125 mph. Troopers stopped the car at Exit 63 and confirmed that the vehicle was stolen. Troopers arrested Sarah Lynn Beauchamp, 31, of Longview at the scene at 7:15 a.m.

Troopers found a hammer in the vehicle, and the owner later identified Beauchamp as the car thief, according to police reports. Beauchamp is currently in custody at Lewis County Jail on suspicion of car theft and attempting to elude.



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