Printed on: October 03, 2012

I.F. woman arrested on multiple charges

By Ruth Brown

An Idaho Falls woman who went on an all-day crime spree Monday faces 13 charges, including one felony and nine misdemeanors.

Idaho Falls police arrested Tara Barrett, 31, for felony possession of methamphetamine, property damage from a hit-and-run accident, reckless driving, driving without privileges, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled substance in public, operating a vehicle without the owner's consent and disturbing the peace, according to a police news release.

Officers first received a report of a stolen vehicle around 3:20 p.m. The vehicle's owner said Barrett had borrowed his 1995 white Ford Ranger five days earlier and had not returned it, IFPD spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said.

At 4:37 p.m., officers received a report of a hit-and-run accident on 17th Street and Hitt Road. The vehicle and driver in the accident matched Barrett's description.

At about 9 p.m., police received a report of a woman, whom they believe was Barrett, disturbing the peace at Shopko, at 800 E. 17th St.

An employee reported a woman driving a motorized cart into racks of clothing and food stands. The employee also said the woman was ripping price tags off the store's merchandise.

Barrett then reportedly left in the Ford Ranger and drove recklessly over lawns and curbs around the parking lot, Hansen said.

The series of events continued when police found Barrett in the parking lot of Ross Dress for Less, at 2406 S. 25th Ave. East. She was under the influence of narcotics, according to the news release.

Hansen said Barrett had a drug pipe, .38 grams of meth and about 1 gram of marijuana in her possession.

Barrett's outstanding warrants included a Bonneville County warrant for failure to appear and two Jefferson County warrants for driving without privileges, Hansen said.

She remained in custody at the Bonneville County Jail on Tuesday without bond.

Felony possession of meth is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

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