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Woman allegedly steals, crashes Colorado Springs police car

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Sean Jordan Stewart

Colorado Springs police arrested a woman Saturday morning for allegedly stealing and then crashing a police cruiser.

The suspect, identified as Crystal Grondhal, stole the police vehicle around 4:07 a.m. while officers were investigating a disturbance in the 4200 block of N. Nevada Avenue, according to a police report.

Police say Grondhal sped away in the patrol car at "a high rate of speed."

In searching for the vehicle, officers found that the cruiser had crashed about two miles south on N. Nevada in the area of Penrose Main Hospital.

The first officer on the scene saw Grondhal attempting to flee on foot, but the officer quickly detained her.

Luckily, there were no reported serious injuries nor damage to any other vehicles or private property, police say.

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  1. We see so many instance of police vehicles stolen and damaged these days, that I’m wondering what happened to the simple interlock devices that most police vehicles used to have, which allowed the officer to leave the vehicle running, but unable to be driven without the key being inserted? Fitting all vehicles with those before being put into service would quickly pay for themselves…

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