By Jessie Williams 

A Macon County woman was recently arrested by local authorities on theft and drug charges after fleeing officers during a traffic stop. 

According to detective Jacob McClard, on February 20, 2022 the Macon County Sheriff’s Office received information about a person in possession of a stolen vehicle who was en route to the jail to visit an inmate. 

Deputies responded to the sheriffs office to attempt to investigate, and a short time later a vehicle matching the reported description pulled into the parking lot, parked for a short period of time and then drove off. 

Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and the driver pulled off on the shoulder of the road and came to a complete stop. As deputes exited their patrol car, however, the driver sped off in an attempt to flee.

Officers followed the vehicle for approximately five miles, trying to get the driver to pull over. Around the 4800 block of Highway 52 East, the vehicle attempted to pass a truck on the shoulder of the road and lost control, nearly striking an officer’s patrol car.

Once the vehicle came to a stop the driver put the car in park and was taken into custody.

Upon making contact with the female driver, officers believed her to be under the influence of narcotics. She was identified as 32-year-old Shana Rice, of Lafayette. 

Rice was arrested and transported to the Macon County Jail, where she was searched by correction officers. 

A small baggie containing a crystallized substance believed to be methamphetamine was found on her person.

Rice was charged with theft of property over $1,000, manufacturing of methamphetamine, introduction of drugs into a county institution, driving under the influence, due care, violation of implied consent law, stop sign violation, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, reckless driving and improper passing. 

Her bond was set at $29,500, and she is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on April 20, 2022. 

The vehicle being driven by Rice, was confirmed to be stolen out of Red Boiling Springs. It was towed to the Macon County Sheriff’s Officer and the owner was notified of its whereabouts.