Teen runaway from Minnesota found following toll road traffic stop

Tasha Lynn Schleicher and Angel Yolanda Sheppard

Two women were arrested and a teen runaway from Minnesota were taken into custody following a traffic stop Monday evening on the Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange County.  

According to Indiana State Police, a trooper pulled over the vehicle as it got off the highway at the Howe exit just after 11 p.m. 

The trooper checked the license plate and found it it didn’t belong to the Chrysler Pacifica.

He then talked to the four passengers inside and smelled what he believed to be marijuana. 

When he asked for ID from the driver, he was given two pieces of identification for two different people from two different states.

After deputies from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene, a search of the vehicle took place and the real identity of the driver was determined. Marijuana and hash oil were also found in the Chrysler.

The driver, Tasha Lynn Schleicher of Missouri was arrested for several offenses, including neglect of a dependent, obstruction of justice, identity deception false informing, possession of marijuana and possession of hash oil.  She also was wanted on several warrants out of Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon.

An adult passenger identified as Angel Yolanda Sheppard of Gary, Indiana was wanted out Lake County, Indiana for armed robbery.  She was arrested for false informing.

A 17-year-old family member of Schleicher’s was determined to be a runaway from Minnesota and she was taken to the Allen County Juvenile Justice Center to be taken back to her home state.

The fourth passenger was not charged. 

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