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Memphis mom charged for stealing police car

Cynthia Stewart, photo courtesy the Memphis Police Department. Cynthia Stewart, photo courtesy the Memphis Police Department.

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis mom has been charged after police say she stole a squad car and led officers on a chase Sunday afternoon.

Police had been looking for Cynthia Stewart after she allegedly helped her daughter escape from the custody of the state.

After a brief chase with officers, the stolen vehicle was located in the 3000 block of Macon.

The chase began after authorities received a suspicious person call in the area of Jackson and Trezevant. Officers were notified that two women, Stewart and her daughter, named in a City Watch issued on January 5 were walking in the area.

"I ain't never seen nothing like this before," said witness Leon Collins. "On TV, but not in person like I did just then."

Investigators said the mother reportedly helped her daughter escape from DCS custody.

When officers got to the scene Sunday, the 12-year-old girl ran from officers. The girl's mother then reportedly got into one of the officer's car and drove off. The car was recovered a short time later.

"We seen her jump out with some bags in her hand, so we knew it wasn't the police," said witness LaKetra Paige. "We made a U-turn, came back, and she jumped out the car."

Stewart has been charged with theft and is behind bars on $30,000 bond.

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