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Chase, ramming cruiser nets 5 years in prison

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Chase, ramming cruiser nets 5 years in prison

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Mays gets total of 23 years for stolen vehicle escapade

DEBBIE LURIE-SMITH/EDITOR Shelby Mays (far right) in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 2 to enter a guilty plea to multiple offenses for a high speed chase that took place in Gray April 22, which resulted in two charges of aggravat

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A woman who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit through traffic on a main thoroughfare in Gray received five years to serve in prison and a total sentence of 23 years.

Shelby Mays was in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 2 to enter a guilty plea to multiple charges, the most serious of which were two counts of aggravated assault of law enforcement officers.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Herndon, who described the offenses of the defendant. She said Mays attempted to flee when she was spotted by a Jones County Deputy, had a near head-on collision with one officer and actually struck another before she was stopped.

“She put the public at risk,” Herndon said.

The prosecutor noted that Mays threw a cigarette pack containing meth out of the truck she was driving during the pursuit, and, when the chase ended, it was determined the truck was stolen.

A report of Mays’ April 22 arrest by Jones County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kasey Carr stated, while he was waiting for the read out of the registration check, he noticed a white Chevrolet Colorado make a sharp right turn on Lake Shore Drive.

He said he headed up Lake Shore Drive and met the white pickup coming back in his direction. When the deputy turned his vehicle around, he said he saw what appeared to be a cigarette package thrown out the passenger window of the truck.

The deputy later returned to that location and retrieved the cigarette pack that appeared to contain marijuana and meth.

Carr got behind the truck, which was driven by Mays, and attempted a traffic stop. The pickup accelerated, and he pursued. The officer reported the pursuit, which turned on Highway 22, through a neighborhood, almost hitting two patrol cars head-on when Mays exited the side street and turned back toward Gray.

A flat tire caused Carr to give up the pursuit, which was taken up by Sgt. Angel Feliciano. The chase continued south on Gray Highway.

Deputies attempted to box the truck in to stop it, but she crossed the median on Gray Highway. In his report, Feliciano said the truck drove straight at nine cars that were headed northbound and again almost rammed a patrol car.

He said traffic became heavier on the northbound lane, and the suspect once again crossed the median.

Felicano said the suspect vehicle struck Deputy Jason Douglas’s patrol car on his front bumper and fender, sending the truck into a spin. When the vehicle came to rest, officers approached and took the driver and passenger into custody.