A Beaumont woman is behind bars after leading a Jefferson County deputy on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle.
Shermeshia Robertson, 20, of Beaumont, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading detention according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
She was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Center on the charges as well as an outstanding aggravated robbery warrant the release said.
A deputy responded to the 16000 block of Highway 124 just before midnight Wednesday where a man reported he was following his stolen vehicle after tracking it with a cell signal coming from the vehicle according to the release.
The vehicle was stolen earlier in Beaumont when the keys were left in the ignition.
The deputy spotted the man following his stolen vehicle and when it pulled into the Green Acres Grocery he activated his emergency lights.
Robertson then sped off in the vehicle at a high rate of speed and headed down Greenway Drive.
She crashed but was able to regain control and head south on Gaulding Road and then spun out in the 7600 block of South Drive and got stuck in some mud the release said.
Robertson then ran from the vehicle through a nearby backyard while the deputy chased her and quickly caught her.
Leaving keys in a car, running or not, is a class C misdemeanor and could be punishable by a fine of $200 - $500 according to the sheriff's office.
An exception allows a vehicle to be running if the keys are not in the vehicle and if it has been started by a remote start system that allows the vehicle to be started and remain running for a limited time according to the release.