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Good Samaritan ripped off

When a Brule woman tried to treat stranded motorists to assistance Halloween morning, she was the one tricked. The three women she stopped to help are accused of driving off with her car, then refusing to stop for Superior police until the car ti...

When a Brule woman tried to treat stranded motorists to assistance Halloween morning, she was the one tricked.

The three women she stopped to help are accused of driving off with her car, then refusing to stop for Superior police until the car tires had been punctured by stop sticks.

Tesha Lee Dickenson, 32, of Duluth faces a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent in Douglas County Circuit Court stemming from the Halloween morning incident.

In addition, ordinance violation charges of operating while intoxicated, no valid driver's license, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle and having an open intoxicant in a motor vehicle were also filed against Dickenson

According to the criminal complaint:

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The Maple woman was driving home from work when one of the three women flagged her down on County Highway FF. The women - all sisters - had run out of gas on their way to a party in the county. The Maple told Douglas County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jake Engleman that she picked them up and offered to help them find gas. But first she stopped at home to let her husband know what she was doing.

While the woman was in the house, Dickenson told Superior Police Officer Michael Kendall, she got into the driver's seat at the urging of one of her sisters. The keys were in the ignition, so she drove off.

Superior Police officers deployed stop sticks to stop the stolen car at the corner of East Second Street and Belknap Street. Dickenson was driving the car at the time.

The Duluth woman pleaded not guilty to the ordinance charges during an initial appearance Monday in Douglas County Court and was released on a $1,500 signature bond, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing for the felony charge is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Related Topics: CRIME
Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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