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Couple bound to grand jury for bolting from law, meth
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A traffic stop prompted when lawmen noticed the driver not wearing a seatbelt has led to drug charges against a Woodbury couple who decided to bolt from officers when they were being pulled over.
The suspects, Bethany Janette Haley and Charles Danny Johnson, have been bound to the grand jury on charges of evading arrest, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Their charges come after Sheriff’s Sgt. Kelly Carter noticed Johnson was not wearing his seatbelt when he passed by the suspect’s Honda on Yager Road. He also found he had improper registration when he fell in behind him and ran his license tag. Johnson ignored the deputy’s blue lights.
“He evaded by driving at a high rate of speed, crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic, passing multiple vehicles thereby placing the public, as well as myself, at high risk of injury or death,” Carter said in swearing out warrants on Johnson.
The suspect vehicle was stopped on K. Prater Road but the chase wasn’t over.
“They jumped from the vehicle and ran away on foot,” said Carter, noting they were caught before they could get away.
A search of the vehicle netted four grams of methamphetamine and plastic bags.
“They are commonly used in delivering and selling methamphetamine,” Carter said, suspecting the couple may have been planning to traffic the meth.
Along with running from the law, it was also discovered both were wanted on outstanding warrants out of Coffee County.