Two women arrested for joy riding

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 3, 2006

BURLINGTON — Two women were arrested early Monday morning after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy and his canine companion interrupted their apparent joyride.

Zoe Coleman, 22, who listed her address as 98 Township Road 1343, Burlington, was charged with driving without a license, reckless operation of a vehicle and endangering children.

Tiffany Bowles, 26, who listed the same address, was charged with endangering children. Both were taken to jail.

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According to a report by deputy Randy Rogers, he was on patrol in Fayette Township when he saw a car with no headlights driving in the vicinity of Church of the Harvest on Township Road 1343 at 1:30 a.m. Once he stopped the car, he found four young children in the back seat.

Coleman told Rogers two of the children were her sisters and two belonged to Bowles. All four children were later determined to be under the age of 11.

A search of the car by the sheriff’s office canine unit, Max, indicated the presence of narcotics though no “notable amount” of drugs were found.

Rogers did recover several sandwich bags with the corners cut out. Rogers arrested Coleman and took her to jail. At that time, Bowles agreed to find a ride home for her and the children since the car headlights were not working.

Rogers stated in his report he returned to the area

at 4:50 a.m. and found the 1996 Black Dodge car was still on the church parking lot. At that time, Bowles allegedly told Rogers she did not have a ride home, no longer lived at the address she and Coleman had listed because they had been asked to leave the residence and that two of the girls in the back seat of the car were in reality not Coleman’s sisters.

Children’s Services were contacted to care for the children, Bowles was arrested and taken to jail and the vehicle was towed.