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Traffic stop leads to slew of drug charges

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chamis Losey
Initially pulled over for a traffic violation, a Brazil woman was formally charged with five various drug related allegations and one count of neglect of a dependent after a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Feb. 9, Deputy James Switzer reported witnessing Chamis Bell Losey, 21, disregard a stop sign while driving a white Ford Explorer and initiated a traffic stop in the driveway at a residence in an area near the intersection of County Road 700 N and CR 300 W.

According to case paperwork, earlier Clay County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Jason Frazier saw Losey driving a white Ford Explorer while on patrol a total of three times. Frazier told The Brazil Times that he was familiar with Losey, and knew that she had a prior history of driving without a valid driver's license. However, due to responding to other calls kept Frazier from attempting to turn around and catch up with Losey.

The third time Losey was spotted driving, officers contacted the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to verify her status. Frazier said the BMV confirmed that Losey had not been issued a driver's license.

While Switzer, with assistance from Frazier and Deputy John Tilley, questioned Losey, officers allegedly noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle that had a child inside.

After admitting to smoking marijuana in the vehicle, Losey was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana (under 30 grams) and neglect of dependent.

A cash bond was issued in Losey's case for $7,000, with 10 percent allowed.

Upon review of the case, the prosecutor's office amended Losey's charges to include class D felony unlawful possession or use of a legend drug, class D operating a vehicle while intoxicated (endangering a person), class D felony neglect of a dependent, class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance or its Metabolite in the body and a class C misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license.

If convicted of a class D felony, the highest charge filed against Losey, it is punishable with six-months-3 years in prison and potential fines of up to $10,000.

According to jail officials, Losey remains incarcerated awaiting further court proceedings per the court calendar.

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I'm sorry but I personally think marijuana is "safer" than alcohol but just like anything else inlife people take things too far and are not responsible. If people screw their own lives up that's their choice but when they start hurting other people or involving others that's very disturbing. I was a fairly young mom and I knew at my young age that I could no longer keep the friends that I had because of their life styles they were living (although for the weirdest reason I never liked drugs or alcohol but they all did), I knew enough then that I did not want my child around drugs. It is VERY sickening to me that you could smoke dope in the same car as a child. This girl needs to grow up. I've done some silly things too,to jepordize a child or anyone else on the road. Really, if I had no drivers license I'd be freaked enough to drive, I couldn't imagine adding more to it. This is the exact reason why marijauna or other drugs are not legal because dope heads think they can do whatever they want whenever. Heck, next she might smoke her crack pipe and permanently damage the kid's lungs.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Feb 11, 2009, at 10:38 PM

I have to agree with ape1. Pot is better than alcohol, but they are both drugs no matter if one of them is legal or not. And involving children should be a Class A Felony. I wonder if Frazier knew that a child was in the vehicle? I bet that makes the poor cop feel awful.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Thu, Feb 12, 2009, at 11:30 AM

It appears the comment I made earlier was deleted before it was even shown....go figure Brazil :) I agreed with a lot of what ape1 said until she made such a generalized, discriminating statement that "dope heads think they can do whatever they want whenever".......how can you begin by saying marijuana is not that bad and then end with such an absurb comment. I'm not justifying anything that this woman in the article did.....I'm just saying that a LOT of people do whatever they want whenever they want to and I've heard those types of people a lot of things, but never "dopeheads".

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Thu, Feb 12, 2009, at 2:04 PM

Another drug arrest in Clay County. Go figure.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Feb 12, 2009, at 4:20 PM

I think that it is afful to neglect a child and expcially somking a duby in the car with the child what is wrong with people now in days i dont seem to understand but great job CCSD getting her off our streets lets hope that she learnd her leson if you cant do the time DONT DO THE CRIME

-- Posted by tylera1989 on Fri, Feb 13, 2009, at 3:43 PM

Makes no difference..booze or drugs; outcome the same. Seems the worse thing here is this girl endangered a child! And all she gets is a class D???? It's her choice if she wants to put her life in danger but that child had NO choice! It makes me sick that someone like that is allowed to be a parent and even more that law enforcement doesn't seem to think it's a big deal to endanger a child.

-- Posted by zoeybelle1 on Sat, Feb 14, 2009, at 1:51 AM


What are you talking about? "Law enforcement doesn't seem to think that it is a big deal to endanger a child? Hello? Do you honestly think a deputy would knowingly put a child's life a risk if they thought a driver was smoking pot and driving with a child in the car? They did not know a child was in the vehicle until she was pulled over

rooster1 - I would say No, Frazier was unaware that a child was in the vehicle and also unaware that she was smoking pot while driving.

-- Posted by ilovescrapbooking on Sun, Feb 15, 2009, at 3:11 PM

Drugs and Alcohol are both wrong! And they are even more dangerous behind the wheel of a car, and even more dangerous when your child is in the car with you, And yes she definitly put her child in danger, But how many of you were ever in a hurry to get somewhere like to work on time, and was speeding in your car to get there. Well guess what you put your child in dangerous. Or those who went out to dinner with there family and had a glass of beer or wine to drink just one, and drove home with your family in the car. guess what you put there life in danger. Yes she is definitly wrong and should be punished and take a lot of parenting classes and drug and alcohol classes and seek Gods help before she ever gets her child back. I really don't think she was intentionally tring to hurt her child she made a severe lack in judgement. Thats what alcohol and drugs do to a person. Very Sad!! And whats this about Metabolite do you know how many people take that for wieght lose all over the country. You can buy that over the counter at the drug store. Its not good for you! But they take it anyway....I really hope she can get the help she needs to become drug free and a better mother to her child.

-- Posted by some1ispraying on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 5:54 PM

yes i made a bad chose but to all u that has rote on this is all wrong u dont really know what happened that day so let me fill u in i was with this guy that got in to more car ass meaning he was not really the kinda guy that sould be driving he ran off the raod hit a car in the middle of a brige and put me and my son in the hosptle alot and when my mom called me and told me that she wanted to keep tommy for the night i was not going to let him which was also smokeing weed more that i ever had that day and that there was snow on the grand i did not feel safe with him driving yea i never had my lis. but ive never hit a car or put my child in danger and so i drove now my son made it safe and no i didnt lose him i rasied my son on my own his dad anit in his life and because of drugs i feel better not having him in his life and yes i quit smoking weed and iam clean and has been for 12 months and i got

-- Posted by chamislosey on Sat, Feb 19, 2011, at 12:09 PM

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