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Woman arrested after short police chase in Evansville

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Evansville police arrested a woman after they say she sped off from a traffic stop.

The officer stopped the driver near Ohio and Wabash Streets just after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say Claire Helfrich wasn't using her headlights and told officers, "There's no one out." 

They say she handed the officer her wallet instead of her driver's license, and then tried to hand him her Target card.

When the officer went back to his car to try to find Helfrich in the system, he says she suddenly drove off.

The chase was brief, lasting less than five minutes, ending near Southeast First and Adams Streets.

We're told the woman tried to run but didn't get far.

Police say she kicked the back window of the patrol car after her arrest. 

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