Wanted subject captured after fleeing traffic stop and crashing
Two Warm Springs women were arrested Sunday evening after fleeing a traffic stop and then crashing.
A Deschutes County Sheriff's Office news release reports that a deputy stopped a 2004 Kia Optima on Highway 97 and Pershall Way just north of Redmond at about 6 p.m. June 6.
During the stop, the deputy believed the driver was giving him a false name and confirmed that it was a fictitious name. The driver was identified as Bernice Mitchell, a 33-year-old Warm Springs resident, and she had warrants for her arrest. He re-contacted Mitchell and advised her to exit her car. Mitchell then sped away from the traffic stop.
The vehicle was later located west of the stop location in the 2300 block of Northwest Coyner Avenue. The vehicle was found to have been crashed. The vehicle was still running but had been abandoned.
Chanelle Jackson, 40, of Warm Springs, was identified as the passenger of the vehicle. She was contacted nearby and taken into custody without incident.
Deputies set up a perimeter in the area and searched for Mitchell. An alert was also sent to residents in the area, advising of the search and description of Mitchell. At approximately 9 p.m., a citizen called to advise a female matching Mitchell's description was in the driveway of a residence in the 2500 block of Northwest Coyner Avenue. Deputies responded to the location and took Mitchell into custody without incident.
During the investigation, Mitchell was found to be in possession of a handgun and felony amounts of methamphetamine and heroin.
Both Mitchell and Jackson were transported and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Jail.
Mitchell was charged with felony elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering, misdemeanor elude, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of heroin, hit and run (property damage), and three out-of-county warrants.
Jackson was arrested on a warrant charge.
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