Flight from traffic stop leaves Houston woman facing multiple charges

Alexus Reliford mug shot courtesy of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center

By T. Scott Boatright

A Houston woman remained in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Monday on $73,500 bond and facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing from an attempted Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office traffic stop late Saturday morning.

The arrest affidavit for Alexus D Anice Reliford, 20, of Houston said that when a LPSO patrol unit was wrapping up a traffic stop when he observed a silver sedan heading toward him traveling at a high rate of speed in the right lane of Interstate 20 eastbound near mile marker 76.

Reliford’s arrest report said that as the silver sedan approached his general vicinity the driver of the vehicle navigated it past the fog line, almost striking the LPSO patrol vehicle.

The deputy then reported pulling his patrol vehicle behind the silver sedan and that it failed to, so he activated his rooftop emergency lights to try and conduct a traffic stop at mile marker 77 of I-20 eastbound. The sedan did not stop and took Exit 77, failing to come to a complete stop at the stop of the intersection of the off ramp and La. Hwy. 507 and proceeding to drive north on La. 507 without using a turn signal.

Reliford’s arrest affidavit said she then made a left turn onto the on-ramp to enter I-20 without using a turn signal and while doing so left the right side of the roadway, driving on the shoulder and reportedly nearly striking a stationary vehicle parked on the road’s shoulder.

The deputy reported the silver sedan continued westbound on I-20, “making several lane chances without a turn signal, driving recklessly and nearly causing several crashes. The deputy reported the sedan almost struck the rear end of an 18-wheeler then attempted to navigate around it, forcing it to lead the roadway. The deputy reported the 18-wheeler then conducted a series of “S turns” in an attempt to block the vehicle in.

Reliford’s arrest report said she evaded the 18-wheeler multiple times, exiting the roadway on the right shoulder. After multiple attempts the deputy reported the 18-wheeler was able to block the left lane of the interstate, and the shoulder, boxing the sedan between the 18-wheeler and the LPSO patrol vehicle at mile marker 75 on I-20 westbound.

The deputy reported then exiting his unit and drawing his weapon, placing Reliford at gunpoint.

He then reported giving the driver loud verbal commands to place her hands ouside the driver’s side windshield of the vehicle but that she failed to comply, forcing him to wait for a back-up deputy to arrive.

Upon arrival of backup the deputy again reported issuing verbal commands for the driver to leave the vehicle but that she did not reply. While being issued those verbal commands Reliford reportedly told deputies multiple times to “just shoot me” and “come get me and take me to jail.”

Deputies reported then opening the driver’s door of the sedan and removed Reliford from the vehicle, placing her on the ground using “open hand techniques and the minimum amount of force necessary to affect an arrest.” Deputies report ordering Reliford to place her hands behind her back but that she refused and continued to pull away, tucking her right hand under the waistband of the clothing she was wearing.

The arresting deputy said he then brandished his department-issued Taser and performed a drive stun to Reliford’s right hip.

Deputies then report handcuffing Reliford, placing her in the back of a patrol vehicle and giving her Miranda rights to her. They report Reliford refused to speak or acknowledge being read her Miranda rights.

When asked for her name Reliford reportedly told deputies, “you’ll find out soon enough.

Deputies said they then performed a search incident on the suspect’s vehicle that yielded a Texas ID card for Reliford but that she did not have a valid driver’s license.

While searching the sedan the deputies reported that they could not locate insurance information but that during the search they did find a package of hemp rolling papers known to be used for consuming narcotics in the center console of the vehicle.

Reliford was booked into the LPDC on charges of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer, failure to use a required turn signal, two counts of resisting officers by force or violence, resisting an officers for failure to provide information, operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license, careless operation of a motor vehicle, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disobeying a traffic control device (stop sign), possessing no vehicle insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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