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No courtroom support for Raleigh teen who crashed mother's car

Posted November 3, 2015

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— One day after leading police on a chase through city streets during the morning rush hour and crashing her mother’s car, a Raleigh teen was in court Tuesday to face a judge.

Nobody was in the courtroom for Alexis Lewis, 17, which is unusual in a case with a young defendant. One of the stipulations of Lewis’ bond was that she only be released to her mother, Jennifer Lee, but Lee was not present Tuesday afternoon.

According to court papers, Lewis stole her mother’s 2003 black Lexus on Monday and was driving the wrong way on Interstate 540.

A Highway Patrol officer tried to stop Lewis, who stopped briefly before taking off again. The officer then chased her off I-540 onto Six Forks Road. Lewis eventually crashed the car at Shellburne Drive and Lynn Road, and rolled down an embankment onto a driveway.

Lewis faces nine charges, including trying to assault an officer by backing into his police car.

Lewis’ public defender asked for a reduction in her $85,000 bond Tuesday, but the judge denied the request. She is due in court again later this month on unrelated charges.

Lewis has been arrested five times in Wake County this year. She was convicted in June of possessing stolen goods and was sentenced to probation.

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  • Sean Creasy Nov 4, 2015
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    Oh and PS.. Maybe her momshould have tried SPANKING her when she was a child instead of rewarding bad behavior as she obliviously did. This girl doesn't have mental issues she has upbringing issues as in no respect for the law or people... She thinks she can do what she wants and the worst that will happen is a slap on the wrist which is what she has gotten so far from our glorious money driven justice system...

  • Sean Creasy Nov 4, 2015
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    Did you really think her mom would admit to letting her TAKE the car? You are fooling yourself...

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 4, 2015
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    Does she have to kill someone before they keep her in jail. This kid is totally out of control and apparently her mother doesn't care enough to show up to tell her daughter she is not going to get her out this time.

  • sweetyhide Nov 4, 2015

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    Her Mom didn't LET her drive the car. The article says the girl STOLE her mothers car.

    Also, the girl is 17. If her mother has already tried having her committed and they released her, isn't the law that the mother has to take her back in? Maybe mom thought the mental health did her some good and she gave her a chance. Now, seeing that it didn't, she has left her to the courts.
    I don't believe in "bad apples". There is always a reason for someone to behave the way they do. That comes from mental stability and obviously this girl has none. Jail and/or prison is not equipped to handle the mentally ill.

  • Lori Coble Nov 4, 2015
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    If her mother did everything that she could, including having her arrested/committed or whatever she did for setting her bed on fire then WHY was she still living with her mother?!?! I'm sorry, but if my child set my bed on fire they would be locked away somewhere until I was convinced that they wouldn't do that or worse again! She can thank her lucky stars that someone wasn't walking or playing in front of that house because it could be a LOT worse!

  • Sean Creasy Nov 4, 2015
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    ... After reading the rest of this story I have a hard time believing that her Mom isn't acting as an enabler if, as you say, she set her Mom's bed on fire after kicking her door in prior to this incident and yet her Mom still let her drive her Mom's car? Something just doesn't add up here...

  • Jacob Smith Nov 4, 2015
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    I don't know about that - schizophrenia often manifests itself around the onset of puberty. While I myself believe people should certainly be held accountable for their actions, I think there are strong indications here of a sever mental health issue.

  • Marcy Lyn Nov 4, 2015
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    Military School won't want her !

  • Karma Fairyforyou Nov 4, 2015
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    there is a lot of sympathy for this girl and her actions.......but the truth is that it is pure luck that she did not hit and kill innocent people while she was showing off. So she has no sympathy from me.
    Put her in juvenile detention or jail and let her figure out her life.
    She obviously has zero self respect or concern for her future.

  • Karen Orndorff Nov 4, 2015
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    Prayers for this young girl, so young. She needs change and it starts with her wanting to change. By the look on her face she looks smug, military school??

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