A woman is facing a list of charges in at least two states, after taking off in a police cruiser early this morning.
She managed to drive it most of the way around the I-275 loop before police could stop her.
The wild ride came to an end on 275 in Greendale, Indiana when police deployed stop sticks and blew the front tires of a Forest Park police cruiser.
Mary Taylor, 20, was taken into custody after trying to run away on foot.
This all started about 60 miles away back in Forest Park hours earlier. Forest Park police say there were calls and several disturbances involving Taylor at a home on Hitchcock Drive.
Taylor’s mother said she was acting unusual and wasn’t taking psychiatric medication.
Police say a family member took Taylor to the hospital, but she was not admitted, and police were left with few options.
“When we had contact with her the officers were not able to determine that she was a danger to herself or to anyone else, so we did not have the authority to actually take her into custody and put her on a 72-hour psychiatric hold,” said Forest Park Chief Bill Arns.
Taylor wound up in the lobby of the police department, and apparently walked out the door and into a cruiser without anyone knowing. The officer was able to track it down.
“He used an app on his cellphone, because his cellphone was in the cruiser, and he saw that it was on 275 eastbound, by this time it was on Kellogg Avenue,” Arns said.
Police followed her at a distance through northern Kentucky, then Indiana cops stopped her.
How she was able to get into the cruiser isn’t clear. The chief says his officer is adamant he locked the cruiser when he exited it, but left it running because it was cold.
Taylor is now sitting in jail in Dearborn County, facing charges in Indiana and Ohio.
While arresting Taylor, a Lawrenceburg police officer suffered a minor injury and drove himself to the hospital.