Early Wednesday afternoon, Amarillo police were called to a financial institution in the 3300 block of I-40 East on a female attempting to cash a stolen check. 

As officers arrived, the female left the scene in a 2004 red Chevrolet Avalanche. Officers initiated a traffic stop, but the driver sped up refused to stop. 

Officers began to chase the suspect on the access road of I-40 but disengaged when she began driving recklessly into a neighborhood. 

A short time later, officers located the Avalanche abandoned in the 1100 block of south Woodland Street. Deborah Barbosa, 34, was found a short distance away and identified as the driver of the vehicle. 

Barbosa was arrested for Forgery of a Financial Instrument and Evading Arrest/Detention in a Motor Vehicle. She was booked into the Potter County Detention Center. 

The Chevrolet Avalanche that she had been driving had been reported stolen through the Amarillo Police Department the previous day. 

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