Beaumont woman, 20, arrested for auto theft, aggravated robbery warrant

Shermeshia Robertson

A 20-year-old Beaumont woman who already had an aggravated robbery warrant out for her arrest is accused of stealing a vehicle and leading a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase Wednesday night before she was chased down and arrested.

Shermeshia Robertson, 20, was booked into the Jefferson County jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading detention in addition to the aggravated robbery warrant.

Deputies say shortly before midnight Thursday, a sergeant responded to an auto theft near the 16000 block of Highway 124. The car had been stolen earlier in Beaumont and the victim was following a cellphone signal coming from the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

The stolen vehicle pulled into the Green Acres Grocery parking lot but when the sergeant activated his emergency lights, the driver sped down Greenway Drive, sheriff's office Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a news release.

The driver crashed but was able to regain control of the vehicle and turn south on Gaulding Road. The vehicle became stuck in the mud in the 7600 block of South Drive.

The driver exited the car and ran through a neighboring backyard, but was quickly chased down by the sergeant, according to Holmes.

Robertson was arrested and taken to a local hospital for medical clearance before she was booked into jail.

The statement from Holmes points out leaving a vehicle unattended with keys still in the ignition could result in a class C misdemeanor as a violation of the Texas Transportation Code.

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