WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 22-year-old woman Wednesday after she allegedly took a Century Link work truck for a joyride from Walla Walla to Waitsburg.
Walla Walla police received a report of the stolen truck from 913 W. Poplar Street at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. Moments later, according to a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report, the Washington State Patrol received a report of the work truck being driven erratically on U.S. Highway 12 near Dixie.
Deputy Travis Goodwin responded and followed the still-erratic vehicle before pulling the driver over outside of Waitsburg, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
Goodwin’s report says Caitlin M. Speich was the only person in the truck. Goodwin took Speich into custody, finding a glass pipe and a set of keys with dealership tags on them.
Speich pleaded “the fifth” to her Miranda rights and then asked Goodwin what he wanted to talk about. According to Goodwin’s report, Speich spoke most of the way to jail, arguing that she did not steal the truck from 913 W. Poplar — she took it from 903 W. Poplar.
“She continued to state that she took the vehicle as it was running, and had fun doing it. She liked driving the big truck,” Goodwin wrote in his report.
Speich also apparently told Goodwin that she missed her friends in jail, and that she would “rule the tank” when she got there.
“She did make a few derogative comments towards myself and law enforcement in general,” Goodwin also wrote.
Sheriff’s deputies contacted local auto dealers and matched the keys Speich had to a set missing from Tommy’s 9th Street Auto. According to sales staff, Speich had visited the dealership, where she had filled out a credit application.
Speich was lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, and misdemeanor theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.