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June 18, 2013
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Teenager taken into custody in taxi theft

Bail was $21,242 for an 18-year-old Stateline teen accused of stealing a Tahoe Taxi Cab, and nearly colliding with a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle in pursuit.

Robert Ballard Poet was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of several charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding a police officer, obstruction of a police officer, possession of a credit card without consent, driving under the influence, failure to signal, speeding, minor consuming, and driving without a valid license.

According to reports, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Meadow Lane at 2:08 a.m., for a report of a stolen taxicab.

The owner said he parked the vehicle at a friend’s house and thought he locked the vehicle using a remote device.

He said 30 minutes later he came out, and found the 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis was missing.

A few minutes later, a sheriff’s deputy reported he was attempting to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield.

According to reports, the driver — identified as Poet — veered directly toward a second officer in pursuit who hit his brakes to prevent a collision.

A deputy observed the suspect running from the taxicab. Poet was taken into custody in the back yard of a residence on Cottonwood Road.

The owner of the vehicle said it appeared Poet collided with a rock, as there was damage to the front bumper and leaking engine coolant.

The glove compartment door was damaged and an electronic component appeared to have been pulled from the dashboard.

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 2, 2013 12:27PM Published Jun 18, 2013 04:36PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.