Stolen car, missing youth located 

A stolen car and a missing youth were recovered Friday afternoon after a Ruston police officer stopped a suspicious vehicle.

A RPD officer saw a red Chevrolet Tahoe with a South Carolina license tag on Reynolds Drive about 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The vehicle made several suspicious maneuvers, and the officer was unable to run the license number because part of the plate was altered. The Tahoe sped away from the officer as if the driver was attempting to flee. The driver pulled into the rear of the Graham Shopping Center and a male opened the driver’s side door and stepped out. The officer told him to get back in the car, but he fled on foot. He was later apprehended by other RPD officers.

A female passenger, Zayla Stacks, 18, of Lancaster, SC, was taken into custody. A record check showed the vehicle was stolen in South Carolina, and the male who ran away was a 17-year-old who had been reported missing in South Carolina.

Stacks was arrested for possession of the stolen vehicle, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and no driver’s license.

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