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Woman arrested after falsely claiming vehicle was stolen with infant inside

Four-week old child was found safe in car


A woman was arrested in West Linn Wednesday night after she falsely reported her car had been stolen with her four-week old son inside, according to police.

Terra Nicole Brandenburg, 31, was driving across the Old Oregon City-West Linn Arch Bridge from Oregon City to West Linn when she collided with the side of the bridge.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Brandenburg

Police said she stopped her car in an apartment parking lot at the end of the bridge and walked across the street to a gas station mini mart, used the rest room, bought a box of wine and left. She returned moments later claiming her car had been stolen with her infant son inside. The clerk was concerned when the woman called family rather than report the crime to police.

Once she did call police, an Amber Alert was initiated, but was subsequently canceled when officers determined that she falsely reported the car had been stolen and that she was visibly intoxicated. Brandenburg initially attempted to run from West Linn Police Lieutenant Mike Stradley, but she was easily captured, police said.

Officers located the car across the street with the four-week old child and a dog still in the back seat. The child’s father responded to the scene and took custody of the child and dog. The car was left at the scene.

Brandenburg was subsequently arrested and transported to the West Linn Police Department, where her breath test showed her Blood Alcohol Content was .25 - three times the statutory limit. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of first and second degree criminal mistreatment, reckless endangering, second degree child neglect, initiating a false report, reckless driving, disorderly conduct and DUII. Her bail was set at $63,500.