Jim Lynch / The Detroit News
Last Updated: September 14. 2010 12:22PM
A St. Clair Shores resident is sitting in a Louisiana jail this week after taking off her clothes and stealing a taxi cab, according to authorities.
Jennifer Gille, 29, faces theft and obscenity charges stemming from a bizarre incident early Sunday morning in the city of Covington, north of New Orleans.
Gille called for a taxi and accepted a ride to a city address. After arriving, she refused to leave the cab, police said.
"The driver said, 'Here you are,' but she wouldn't get out of the car," said Covington Police Capt. Jack West. "She said 'I need to go to Michigan' and began taking her clothes off."
The driver responded by driving his cab to the police department. Figuring she was too intoxicated to cause further problems, the driver went inside the station to get help -- leaving the keys inside, police said.
When he and officers came back outside, the cab and passenger were gone.
A quick search of the area turned up the taxi cab, roughly a block away from the station in a parking lot.
"She had crawled into the back seat and was still unclothed," West said. "Officers told her to get out of the car and she refused."
Police said officers physically removed Gille from the car and put her clothes back on. According to the incident report, they "realized she was intoxicated on alcohol and possibly on drugs also."
Gille refused to answer questions while she was booked and is at St. Tammany Parish Jail. She faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.
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