Woman arrested for stealing car, hit-and-run, meth possession after driving cart recklessly around Shopko
A 31-year-old Idaho Falls woman was arrested Monday, Oct. 1, on multiple charges that started with a report of a stolen vehicle.
The report came in just before 3:20 p.m. on Monday by an owner who said they lent their 1995 white Ford Ranger to Tara Barrett, 31 of Idaho Falls. When Barrett did not return, the owner call police.
At just after 4:30 p.m. officers were called to a hit and run on 17th Street and Hitt Road. The vehicle and description of the driver matched Barrett, but she was not at the scene. Later Monday night, around 9 p.m., a Shopko employee called police for a woman "disturbing the peace at their store, located at 800 E. 17th Street, as she drove a motorized cart into racks of clothing and other food stands," according to Idaho Falls Police. "She was also ripping price tags off of merchandise. She left in a truck and started driving reckless in the parking lot and then drove over lawns and curbs."
When police finally found Barrett, she was at Ross and was allegedly under the influence of narcotics. She was also in possession of meth, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
Barrett was charged with property damage hit and run, reckless driving, driving without privileges, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, under the influence of a controlled substance in public, operating a vehicle without owner’s consent and disturbing the peace. She also had an outstanding warrant in Bonneville County and two Jefferson County warrants.