Passenger accused of fleeing in car after traffic stop

An Indianapolis woman is accused of jumping into the driver’s seat of a car during a Bartholomew County traffic stop and fleeing the county at speeds of more than 90 mph.

The situation started when a Bartholomew County deputy noticed a speeding vehicle and stopped it on U.S. 31 near Interstate 65 at about 2:55 a.m. Sunday morning. The deputy ordered everyone out of the car and was issuing a citation to the driver, when he noticed the smell of marijuana, says Caitlin Gross, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

One of the passengers, Loniesha D. Mays of Indianapolis then allegedly jumped behind the wheel and took off. She was chased by deputies, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed on the interstate, Gross says. Because deputies already knew her identity, and because of the dangers to the public, deputies called off the chase.

About half an hour later she was located by Whiteland police and arrested at a truck stop. Mays is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement by vehicle, reckless driving, driving while suspended with a prior, operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license, possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.