Police used spike strips to help end a car chase in northeast Amarillo and arrested two people on Tuesday, according to an Amarillo Police Department news release.
At 2:33 p.m., APD ProActive Criminal Enforcement officers saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen Monday. When they tried to stop the red 1997 Honda sedan on North Mirror Street, it accelerated and drove away from them on Northeast 24th Avenue. Officers lost sight of it, but then relocated the vehicle and placed spike strips in the roadway to deflate the car’s tires.
A man drove the car into a driveway in the 900 block of Foxglove Street and ran from officers. After a brief foot chase, police arrested Ricky Peter Nuanhngam, 28, and booked him into the Potter County jail on charges of evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to APD.
Officers also detained a female passenger as she walked away from the car and a male passenger that had been in the car.
Officers found a substance thought to be methamphetamine in the woman’s bag and arrested Jessica Monique Gonzalez, 27, and booked her into Potter County jail on possession of a controlled substance, greater than 4 but less than 200 grams, and outstanding traffic warrants.
The male passenger was interviewed and released without charges.
While officers investigated, a resident found a loaded .380 handgun in front of a home in the 6500 block of Amarillo Boulevard East and notified the police, who think it was thrown out of the car during the chase.
No one has been charged with any offense in connection with the handgun.
Officers found that the key in the car’s ignition was similar to the shape of the actual key and may have been altered to allow it to start similar vehicles.
Source : Amarillo.com