Pair facing felony charges after Pauls Valley pursuit
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KTEN) — A police pursuit in Pauls Valley ended with two people arrested on multiple felony charges.
The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. last Wednesday when an officer pulled over a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer using only safety chains. Police said the driver stopped on Rush Creek bridge, quickly detached the trailer, and drove off.
The driver — identified as Manuel Ray Valdez — led the officer on high-speed chase. When the truck pulled up to a gate near Indian Meridian and Airline Road, Valdez backed into the pursuit vehicle and then fled.
"The pursuit continued onto southbound I-35 where the pursuit eventually came to an end," police said in a statement. "The driver, Manuel Ray Valdez, fled on foot and was later taken into custody. The passenger, Tiffani Stapp, was taken into custody as soon as the pursuit ended."
Investigators said they recovered stolen goods and fentanyl in the trailer, which had been stolen from the Tractor Supply in Pauls Valley.
Valdez faces multiple felony charges, including attempting to elude police, assault with a dangerous weapon, grand larceny, and possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.
Stapp is also facing felony grand larceny and drug possession charges, along with an arrest warrant from Stephens County; her bond is $25,000.