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Escape attempt short-lived
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Angela Rhea
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Bradley Elrod

An alleged dash from law enforcement on Bybee Branch Road was short-lived Monday.

McMinnville Police Department has charged Angela Renee Rhea, 46, with speeding and evading arrest. Passenger Bradley Ray Elrod, 39, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth, and failure to appear. 

Patrol officer Chris McCormick says those two were the occupants of a white Nissan Maxima he attempted to stop on Bybee Branch Road at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. 

“I was in the area looking for Elrod,” said McCormick. “He was wanted for an outstanding warrant. I saw him in the passenger seat of a vehicle as it pulled from the apartment area. I pulled in behind the vehicle to get its tag number so I could attempt to identify the driver. The vehicle sped up. That’s when I activated my lights.”

Immediately reported to dispatch was termination of the pursuit.

“The roads were icy and the vehicle quickly reached a speed of 75 mph. I didn’t feel it was safe to continue the pursuit so I decided to discontinue at that time,” said McCormick. “I did continue outbound on Bybee Branch Road. The vehicle had pulled in behind a private residence.”

A location of Bybee Branch and Spring Valley roads was given for the home. 

“Elrod has a history of evading so I had them at gunpoint as I approached the vehicle,” said McCormick. “He was laid back in the seat. By the time he popped up and saw me, it was too late. In a search of Elrod’s person, he had 12 grams of meth on him. The driver was identified as Angela Rhea.”