A 25-year-old Charlotte woman is in jail Tuesday morning after she allegedly stole a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police car and took it for a four-mile ride Monday evening.
Kacie Leandra Nelson was taken into custody after leaving the CMPD patrol car on the side of East Independence Boulevard near the Charlotte-Matthews line.
She has been charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license. She is being held under $13,000 bond, with an initial court appearance scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a police spokesperson, several officers were responding to a call at Idlewild Road and Idlebrook Drive in east Charlotte. One of the officers responding left his car running, said police spokeswoman Officer Jessica Lawrence.
Nelson got in the car, Lawrence said, really for no rhyme or reason.
She drove it about 4.5 miles, to 9010 East Independence Boulevard, parked the vehicle and started walking toward Matthews.
Police were able to track the car, and located Nelson shortly afterward. She surrendered and was arrested without incident. Nothing from the car had been taken, Lawrence said.
It is unclear what, if any, disciplinary action would be taken against the officer assigned to the car.
Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed