A Scottsbluff man and a woman from Bayard are facing charges following an early Sunday morning pursuit that ended with the suspects bailing from a moving vehicle and one of them running through a block wall around a Scottsbluff residence.
Brandon Benavides was arrested for charges that included felony operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana more than an ounce but less than a pound.
Court records say a Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Deputy recognized Benavides, who was wanted on a felony firearms warrant, in a pickup in northeastern Scottsbluff shortly before 12:45 a.m., and attempted to stop the vehicle near Highway 26 and 21st Avenue.
A pursuit then ensued through city streets, with reported speeds reaching 75 miles an hour, before the pickup fled west on Highway 26 from Avenue I where the chase was terminated. About 10 minutes after the start of the pursuit, the vehicle had returned to Scottsbluff and Benavides exited the pickup while it was still moving near 27th Street and Avenue I. Officers say the 37-year-old then ran east in an alley between Dineen Avenue and Avenue I, intentionally running into and through a block wall around the back yard of a home in the 2700 block of Dineen Avenue, where he was taken into custody.
Arresting officers say they found a baggie in the man’s sweatshirt with a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a pipe with a burnt residue smelling of marijuana, and he told them he had a couple of ounces of pot and a digital scale in the vehicle.
Authorities say they had also located a woman walking away from the scene that was later determined to have been in the vehicle during the pursuit. 33-year-old Jessica Reichert of Bayard was arrested for felony drug possession and drug paraphernalia after officers say they found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue during a pat-down search.