A traffic stop turned into a brief chase, crash, manhunt and arrest early Friday morning in Rhome.
Rhome Police officer Chance Garrett attempted to stop a car on Texas 114 around 12:15 a.m. when the vehicle sped to a nearby truck stop.
“For some reason, he turned into the Love’s parking lot, drove to the back part where the truckers park, jumped a curb and went down a steep embankment to the creek bed below – where he got stuck,” said Rhome Police Chief James Rose.
With the vehicle lodged in a thicket, the driver jumped out and ran into a nearby wooded area, leaving a female passenger in the car. James said the woman, identified as Amy Michelle Reidy, 39, of Decatur, was arrested on a theft $50 to $500 warrant out of Tarrant County.
Reidy was taken to Wise Regional Health System after complaining of back and shoulder pain. She was treated before being taken to the Wise County Jail.
Officers requested the fire department respond with a brush truck “with a chainsaw” to the area where the driver, who was identified by Reidy as Sonny Dale Ruble, 34, of Rhome had run into the woods.
Because Ruble’s whereabouts were unknown, Love’s went into “lockdown mode,” and an officer was later sent to the store after patrons were yelling about being unable to enter.
Rose said the car the pair was in was stolen – or at least the license plate on the car had been stolen.
As of Friday afternoon, Ruble had not been found. Officer Brody Brown said he will likely be charged with evading arrest with a vehicle and evading arrest on foot. Ruble also has outstanding warrants in both Wise and Tarrant counties, he said.
Reidy remained jailed Friday afternoon.