Bald Knob home intruder caught after chase

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BALD KNOB, AR – A White County homeowner calls it the most frightening moment of her life, coming face to face with an intruder in her home early Monday morning. The intruder got away but not for long.

Homeowner Clair Burns says her first encounter with Tanya Stephens, 28 of Judsonia, happened when she woke up to find Stephens standing in her bedroom.

“She was standing right here like she was looking for the light switch,” Burns says.

Burns says her female intruder tried to play herself off like one of her daughters.

“I started asking her what are you doing? And she said everything is ok mom just go back to sleep,” Burns says.

At that point, curious about why her daughter might be home, she got out of bed and followed the woman into the garage.

“And I came outside and she was hiding between the two cars,” Burns says. “She just started the car, put it in reverse, and looked at me with an evil, evil grin and floored it,” Burns says.

According to Burns, she watched Stephens plow through her garage door in reverse driving a car belonging to her daughter.

The ordeal continued. White County sheriff’s deputies say they got into a high speed chase with Stephens that came down to Searcy along 67/167. And after reaching speeds of 110 miles an hour, Stephens finally pulled over.

Stephens is now in jail on multiple charges. That is a relief for Burns but hardly comforting.

“I’m still shaking, I’m still trembling bad,” Burns says.

She believes her intruder stayed in the home in the 900 block of Highway 258 for a while, ransacking bedrooms upstairs while she slept downstairs.

Burns says her intruder ended up taking two backpacks worth of clothes but strangely left cash sitting in plain sight.

Stephens faces multiple felony charges including residential burglary, theft of property, fleeing, driving while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.

She is being held on a $25,000 bond in the White County jail.

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