Daughter admits to stealing, wrecking dad’s car

Bartholomew County Sheriff Deputies arrested a Columbus woman who told them she was teaching her father a lesson by stealing his truck.

Alisha Shirley, 31, 1945 Dawnshire Drive, was arrested at 2:46 p.m. Sunday on charges of motor vehicle theft, operating a vehicle under the influence, driving while suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, deputies said.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy Teancum Clark was sent to Sunnybrook Mobile Home Park, Elizabethtown, about a stolen vehicle being located there, deputies said.

Assisted by deputy Matt Bush, they found what they described as an extremely disorderly female near one of the lots, deputies said. When the deputies approached the woman, later identified as Shirley, they smelled an odor of alcohol, deputies said.

Shirley told Clark that she had stolen her father’s truck and that she had crashed it, but did not remember where the accident happened, deputies said.

Her father had reported the truck stolen to Columbus police earlier in the day Sunday, deputies said.

The truck was returned to the father later that day, deputies said.

Shirley is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $27,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.