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Woman allegedly swipes pizza driver's running car

Police said she was wearing a bra and sweatpants

S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Authorities in Lehigh County allege that a near-topless drunken woman stole a pizza delivery person’s SUV as the driver was picking up her next delivery.

Jayme B. Christian, no address provided, is facing theft and DUI charges after South Whitehall Township police allege she stole a vehicle from outside a Pizza Hut in the 3300 block of Hamilton Boulevard late Saturday morning. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 22-year-old Saturday night, setting bail at $40,000.

The vehicle owner and another driver told South Whitehall Township police that a skinny woman wearing only a bra and a pair of sweatpants approached the Pizza Hut at 3315 Hamilton Blvd. from the area of the Howard Johnson hotel shortly before 11:45 a.m.

The woman, later identified as Christian, asked to use one of the driver’s cell phones, according to court records. Both of the drivers’ cars were parked outside the Pizza Hut with the engines running as they waited for their next delivery.

Police said Christian sat in one of the cars, acting like she was using the cell phone. She proceeded to get behind the wheel of the other driver’s Rav 4 and allegedly took off heading east on Hamilton Boulevard.

Allentown police said they apprehended Christian about two hours later in the parking lot of a business in the 600 block of South 10th Street.

A security officer at Blend-Pro told police Christian pulled into the lot shortly after 1:30 p.m., parked the vehicle between two storage containers and ran. An Allentown police officer apprehended Christian, who was trying to hide near the building.

Allentown police described Christian’s behavior as “erratic” and “extremely shy.” She allegedly had a difficult time complying with instructions and was unable to perform field sobriety tests.

South Whitehall Township police took her into custody about 2:15 p.m. A records check revealed two previous convictions of driving with a suspended license and that her license is currently suspended.

Police charged her with theft, receiving stolen property, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license in connection with her latest alleged escapade. Christian failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 5.

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