Charges are pending against a woman who allegedly stole a vehicle with a dog inside from a Hall County residence Sunday morning.
The vehicle and the dog were located with the woman at the Best Western hotel off Union Church Road in Braselton around 2:40 a.m. Monday after a call to police, according to Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco.
"[The ] lady was having heart problems - upon arrival we noticed there were some...mental issues," said Esco. "They called an ambulance, checked her out and transported her to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton for an evaluation."
Esco said responding officers found a dog in the bathroom of the hotel room, and when they ran a check on the woman's vehicle tag they determined she was driving the vehicle that had been stolen from a residence on Union Place in Flowery Branch.
Hall County Sheriff's Office spokesman Derreck Booth said deputies were called to the Flowery Branch scene by the owners of the animal and the car just before 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
"Deputies met with the victim who advised that he had put the dog in the car, started it and went back into the house for a moment," Booth said in a press statement. "When he returned, the car doors were locked, and a woman was in the driver’s seat wearing only a towel. The victim stated that he told the woman to get out of the car or at least let the dog go. The man told deputies the woman then drove through the yard and headed toward Union Church Road."
Authorities had been searching for the woman ever since.
Esco said possession of a stolen vehicle charges are pending the outcome of the hospital evaluation.
"Hall County would be the one to do the warrants on the stolen vehicle itself," said Esco.
Booth said the Hall County Sheriff's Office has made no determination on charges at this point.
Booth said the dog was unharmed in the incident.