Victoria woman accused of stealing a vehicle and drunk driving

Woman is also accused of leading authorities on a short chase

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Joanna Martinez, 35

VICTORIA, Texas – Wednesday night Victoria police arrested Joanna Martinez, 35, on multiple charges. She’s accused of stealing a vehicle at a business in the 3000 block of Houston Hwy. It happened just before 9 p.m.

“The vehicle owner went in the office and when he went back outside, his vehicle was gone,” police said.

A short time later police spotted the stolen vehicle near 1700 N. Azalea St. Police tried to pull the vehicle over but said Martinez refused to stop. After a short chase authorities said Martinez stopped in a parking lot in the 800 block of E. Airline Rd.

Martinez is charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, DWI, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Victoria County records show Martinez in jail in lieu of bonds totaling, $42,500.

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Joanna Martinez, 35