She was also charged with eluding Bradley County authorities after the theft.
Denise R. Dailey, 27, was identified as the suspect. Dailey was reportedly from Georgia and was also wanted there.
According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the owner of a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo put fuel in the tank and then went inside to pay for the purchase, leaving her keys in the ignition. While she was away, Dailey got into the vehicle and drove off.
Deputy Mark Miller of the Court Security and Warrants Division spotted the vehicle traveling south on Spring Place Road. The driver eluded Miller, turned off and then a resident on Union Road reported a female had pulled into a driveway and fled into a wooded area on foot, according to reports from the scene.
Deputies Paul Silviera and Willie Espinoza went into the wooded area and located the driver, later identified as Dailey.
Dailey gave her address as Candies Creek Ridge Road, had an active warrant in Whitfield County, Ga., and will be held without bond pending extradition.
Other charges she faces are theft of a motor vehicle over $1,000, failure to obey sign and signal, felony evading, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving, according to Gault.
The vehicle was recovered and released back to the owner.