Mother shares tips after man fleeing police asked for car ride

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A 33-year-old mother of four feels she did the right thing Monday when she came across a man running across a field off a county road west of Seymour.

Amanda Jones said she was driving on Newford Road when she saw a man waving his hands in the air toward her.

She locked her doors and stopped her vehicle before asking him what he needed. The man said he wanted a ride because “They’re after me and you need to give me a ride,” Jones said.

Jones, who was on her way to pick up her kids, said she told the man she’d call police for him before he started trying to open her car doors.

The man turned out to be Craig Mettery, 32, who was fleeing police after breaking into a residence Monday afternoon, police said.

Sloane M. Smith, 24, of Seymour also was arrested in the incident, which was reported to police at 2:45 p.m. in the 5300 block of Newford Road near the East Fork White River.

The two had broken into a residence through a window and were discovered when homeowner returned to the residence, police said.

Smith was arrested after the homeowner held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Mettey faces a Level 2 felony of burglary, Level 3 felony of kidnapping and a Level 6 felony of residential entry.

Smith faces a Level 4 felony of burglary and Level 6 felonies of residential entry and possession of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Rick Meyer said in a news release that Mettey and Smith entered the residence through a window. The homeowner found the two and held Smith at gunpoint.

Officer Jesse Hutchinson arrived and took Smith into custody before other officers started the search for Mettey.

Jones said she called police to report the incident, but saw officers who were already after Mettey enter the area before arresting him.

Thinking about the situation a day later, Jones said she was thankful she locked her doors and that her children were not with her at the time.

“I just want to make sure people think about what they would do in that situation and plan ahead,” she said. “My adrenaline was rushing so much, but I still thought about making sure my car doors were locked and barely rolled down my window.”

Jones said she thinks parents may also want to consider telling their children to do the same in case someone were to approach their vehicle.

Mettey was taken to Schneck Medical Center for examination for a condition not associated with his arrest. He will be booked into the jail once released.

Smith was booked into Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:07 p.m. without bond.

A Level 2 felony is punishable between 10 and 30 years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is 17½ years.

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