Driver hits pole, mailbox, parked car to end short pursuit


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman faces multiple charges after she took Austin Police on a pursuit and crashed a car Tuesday, police say.

Lena Shanelle Heller, 38, is accused of stealing a Nissan Versa and taking police on a chase through neighborhoods before she hit a utility pole, a brick mailbox and a parked car in the 1400 block of Brentwood Street. That’s near Woodrow Avenue.

Police say the pursuit started around 2 a.m. near North Lamar Boulevard and 45th Street when they tried to stop the vehicle, believing it was stolen.

The chase was initiated on Lamar Boulevard, went down Ruth and Grover avenues, then on to Brentwood Street. Authorities estimate Heller was traveling around 50 mph while on Brentwood Street.

After Heller ran a stop sign at the intersection of Brentwood and Woodrow, the affidavit says the vehicle went airborne before landing and crashing.

The charges Heller faces listed in the affidavit are unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and third-degree felony evading arrest or detention.

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