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New York woman steals tow truck in Florida after driver pulls over to help her

By Mason White 11:43 AM July 29, 2013
Angela Estrella 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested at a gas station after a misunderstanding over a vehicle.

The unusual incident began around 9:30 am when a deputy saw a Hertz car rental car disabled at the side of the I-95 near Ormond Beach, Florida.

The officer stopped to check on the woman and then called a tow truck to help the woman. Since everything seemed fine, the deputy left. A few minutes later, a tow truck arrived.

While talking to the tow truck driver, Angela Estrella, 37, asked if he could take her to New York. He replied that he could not go that far.

Then, Estrella asked the man if she could use his truck to go to New York. Although she was serious, he thought she was joking, and said, “Sure.” She responded, “Really?” To which the 46-year-old tow truck driver, Michael Frazier, said no. He then used his cell phone to call the Hertz car rental company to discuss the towing of their disabled vehicle.

That is when Estrella got into the driver seat of the tow truck and drove off, leaving the tow truck driver stranded at the side of the road.
“I thought she was playing,” the stunned driver told police, after he jokingly gave the woman permission to take the vehicle from Florida to New York.

The tow truck company was able to track the vehicle through a GPS system and reported that Estrella had stopped at a gas station.
A deputy sheriff found Estrella purchasing diesel gas in preparation for her long drive to New York.

She was booked into the Flagler County Detention center and was later transferred to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where she is currently in custody.
She was arrested on charges of theft of a motor vehicle.