Road rage leads to arrest of three women on drug charges

OOLITIC – Three women were arrested Monday after Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to an accident from road rage at 5:36 p.m. at Casey’s General Conveniences store in Oolitic.

Police received information that one of the vehicles, a tan Ford minivan, left the store and was traveling south on Hoosier Avenue.

When police arrived they spoke to a male who informed police he was traveling east on Main Street in Oolitic and stopped at the stoplight at Main Street at Hoosier Avenue. At the same time other vehicles had stopped at the 4-way stop. He told police he hesitated at the stop sign to see who would go first. At this point, a female in a minivan began yelling at him that he was taking too long.

After proceeding through the stoplight he continued south on Hoosier Avenue. The female driver continued to tailgate him. The driver tapped his brakes and the minivan rear ended him.

The male driver pulled over to speak to the female driver and she said she was going to Casey’s to get gas. He followed her.

At the gas station there was a verbal altercation between the two drivers.

The female driver then drove away and the male driver called police.

Cathy Woods

The male driver was able to take a picture of the female who fled the scene. Police recognized her as 29-year-old Cathy Woods, who lived at Park Place Apartments. Police located the van at the stop sign at Park Place Apartments and police stopped Wood’s vehicle. 

Police learned Woods did not have a driver’s license and she was arrested on charges of driving while never licensed and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Angela Jewell

Police then spoke to her passengers 23-year-old Angela Jewell and 20-year-old Shelby Murray. Neither had a valid driver’s license. 

Shelby Murray

Police contacted a towing company to tow the vehicle. 

During an inventory of the vehicle, police located a syringe that contained crystal meth residue between the driver and passenger seats.

In a purse, belonging to Murray, police found a jar of marijuana and she was arrested.

Woods then told police that Jewell had hidden a bag in her bra. In that bag, police found five syringes and a container that had approximately 0.9 grams of crystal meth.

In a laundry basket in the van, police found a jar that contained 5 grams of crystal meth.

In a book bag belonging to Woods, officers found two plastic bags that each contained 3 needles for syringes.

Woods faces charges of driving while never licensed, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Jewell faces charges of possession of meth and marijuana and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Murray faces a charge of possession of marijuana.

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