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DeSoto County Lyft driver arrested for marijuana after calling police

Michelle Baptist
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A north Mississippi Lyft driver has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after calling police regarding suspicions that she was being followed.

On September 15, a DeSoto County deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle call. The caller, identified as Michelle Baptiste, told authorities she was a Lyft driver and that several vehicles had been following her for hours.

Baptiste told deputies she would meet them at the address of her next stop. Deputy Sinowetski arrived at the scene and observed a Dodge Charger with a Tennessee tag parked in the roadway.

The car’s tag showed to be suspended with no insurance associated with the vehicle. The caller exited the driver’s seat of the vehicle and began speaking with the deputy. During the conversation, the officer observed the stench of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Baptiste appeared to be intoxicated.

The driver did not have a medical marijuana card but informed the deputy that she had smoked marijuana approximately two hours prior.

Sinowetski took Baptiste into custody for driving under the influence of drugs. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, Sinowetski located a bag containing marijuana in the center console.

Baptiste was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of paraphernalia, suspended tag, and no insurance. She was transported to the DeSoto County Adult Detention Center.

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