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.