Long distance runaround: Police chase ends up in arrest of Ruston woman

By T. Scott Boatright

A police chase that raced through Ruston Sunday morning ended up in the arrest of a Ruston woman Saturday morning in Ouachita Parish.

According to a police arrest affidavit, Ariel Dion Simone McGee of 135 Neal Street in Ruston is facing charges on seven counts — aggravated flight from an officer, distribution with intent of a Schedule I narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession of contraband introduced in a penal institution, illegal possession of stolen things and resisting an officer.

McGee reportedly was attempted to be pulled over in a traffic stop in Jackson Parish but fled from Jackson Parish deputies, with a chase ensuing through Lincoln Parish before she was finally stopped near Well Road in Ouachita Parish.

Vehicle speeds during the chase reportedly reached 115 mph with McGee running other motorists off the roadway “numerous times.”

Spike strips deployed by the OPSO reportedly caused McGee to stop east of the Garrett Road Interstate 20 exit.

McGee’s arrest affidavit says that after being detained, McGee refused to exit her vehicle, causing deputies to force her out of the vehicle and place her on the ground.

The arrest affidavit says that while on the ground, McGee continued resisting and refused to provide her hands to deputies. She was reportedly placed in handcuffs after a brief struggle.

McGee reportedly was read her Miranda rights and when asked about items in her vehicle said “all you want to find in is there.”

A search of the vehicle revealed a duffle bag containing eight pounds of marijuana and a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.

McGee was transported to the Ouachita Parish Detention Center where a Hydrocodone tablet was reportedly located in her bra.

Further investigation indicated McGee had a suspended driver’s license at the time of her arrest.

McGee remained in the OPDC Sunday on a bond of $66,230.

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