March 18, 2016 1:49 am

Woman charged in connection with VPD stolen cruiser pursuit

A stolen police cruiser crasehs into a Dollar Giant store in Burnaby on March 11, 2016.

Courtesy Ryan Stelting

A 36-year old woman has been charged after the theft of a police cruiser forced a pursuit between Vancouver and Burnaby last week.

The bizarre chain of events unfolded in the early hours of March 11, when two VPD officers pulled over near Hastings and Columbia to break up a fight. When they jumped out of their cruiser to make an arrest, a woman allegedly jumped in the unattended police vehicle and took off. Vancouver Police then flew down East Hastings in hot pursuit of their stolen cruiser.

WATCH: Nadia Stewart explains what happened and how police say the suspect was able to drive off in a marked police car.

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The joyride ended when the female suspect crashed into the Dollar Giant store at East Hastings and Willingdon. Amanda Joanne Rolston was arrested at the scene of the crash. She is now charged with theft, dangerous driving, impaired driving, mischief to property and obstructing a peace officer.

In 2005, Rolston was charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm for an alleged incident in Surrey. A year later she was found guilty of the lesser Motor Vehicle Act offence of driving without due care and attention – and handed a three month driving ban plus a $500 fine.

Rolston is scheduled to appear in Vancouver Provincial court March 22 on the most recent charges. She was released from custody on $3000 bail and must abide by several conditions, including no alcohol or drug consumption, no driving, a curfew from 11pm to 7am, and staying out of the downtown Vancouver area.

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