AMARILLO, TX - A traffic stop leads to the discovery of a stolen vehicle out of Colorado.
Two locals were arrested and booked into the Randall County Jail Tuesday afternoon after fleeing from officers during a traffic stop.
Amarillo Police say an officer pulled over a white GMC pickup near the 2700 block of South Georgia, and a check of the vehicle registration showed the truck to be stolen out of Colorado Springs.
Additional officers were called to assist in securing the occupants.
As officers asked for the driver to exit the pickup, the driver put the vehicle in gear and sped off. Police pursued the truck for a short time, but quickly lost sight of it and called off the chase as they searched the area it was last seen.
The original officer who made the stop, recalled the female driver, later identified as Jasmine Prather, commenting about just leaving an apartment complex on Virginia Circle. He proceeded to the complex in case Prather and her passenger returned. The officer noticed two individuals walking along a road in the area, and as he approached, they slowly ran away from him.
The APD officer recognized them as the two occupants of the stolen vehicle, and ordered them to the ground.
Police were able to handcuff Prather, but the male passenger, Harry Alonza Snyder, would not comply with officers orders. After struggling with officers for several minutes, and becoming verbally aggressive, officers pepper-sprayed Snyder, who was then successfully handcuffed.
Officers located the keys to the stolen GMC in Snyder's pant pocket; however, neither would tell police were the stolen vehicle was located.
APD later located the stolen truck in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at I-40 and Paramount.
Prather was arrested for evading arrest, and Snyder was arrested for outstanding traffic warrants.