GLENDALE, WI April 24 2017— Police say a mother who stole bedding from the Bayshore Kohl's Department Store to feed her heroin habit, forced her daughter to drive the getaway car and flee from police at high speeds before they were caught.
According to her criminal complaint, when Joleigh Terrell was caught, she was found with a .380 caliber semi-automatic weapon in her purse.
Joleigh Terrell has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, retail theft-use of a dangerous weapon, and fleeing or eluding an officer. She faces more than six-and-a-half years in prison if she is convicted.
Joleigh Terrell's daughter, 21-year-old Mekayla Terell has been charged with felony fleeing an officer and faces up to a year-and-a-half behind bars if she is convicted.
On April 4, Glendale police responded to the Bayshore Mall Kohl's Department Store for a retail theft.
Police learned that Joleigh Terell entered the Kohl's and made off with two sets of comforters and bed sheets, and left the store without paying for the $259.97 in bedding.
According to the criminal complaint, they fled in a black Honda, and were later spotted by police on W. Silver Spring Drive about to enter I-43 southbound.
Police reportedly tried to conduct a traffic stop, at which point, Joleigh Terrell instructed her daughter to elude police. According to the complaint, driver Mekayla Terell entered into heavy traffic on the freeway, rapidly accelerating to 86 miles per hour while weaving in and out of traffic in the 55 mile per hour zone. After a mile-and-a-half, police terminated the pursuit out of safety for other motorists.
As Glendale police were exiting the freeway, they spotted the Terells' Honda again attempting to re-enter city streets. Police said they again tried to elude police until they turned into an alleyway near North Eighth St. where they were cornered.
According to the criminal complaint, Joleigh Terell and her daughter Mekayla were ordered out of the vehicle, with Joleigh Terrell resisted by "pulling her hands, twisting her body, and acting in a manner that made it difficult for her arrest."
A search of the purse incident to Joleigh Terell's arrest resulted in the recovery of a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with one round in the chamber and one round in the attached magazine, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, when interviewed by police, Mekayla Terrell admitted she drove her mother to the mall so her mother could pick up a comforter set. She told police she did not know her mother was going to steal the comforter set, and her mother told her to wait in the Honda while her mother went into the Kohl’s.