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March 4, 2014

POLICE BLOTTER: Stolen vehicle alert leads to pursuit, arrests

High-speed pursuit

Police responded Friday evening around 5:23 p.m. to a report of a possible stolen vehicle located at a business in the 100 block of Interstate 20 West. An officer found the vehicle with two people inside. As the officer approached the car, it reportedly took off, beginning a high-speed pursuit.

Police said during the pursuit something was thrown from the vehicle, which was found and allegedly contained drugs and drug paraphernalia. The vehicle stopped and the driver, Abby N. Helmuth, 20, of Abilene, and the passenger, identified as Iris Berrios, 26, of Weatherford, were placed under arrest and transported to the Parker County Jail.

Helmuth was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading detention or arrest, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance and on outstanding Azle Police Department warrants and remained in Parker Jail under bonds and fines totaling more than $35,000. Berrios was charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance and remained jailed under bonds totaling $17,500.

Armed threats and arrests

Police were called to a residence around 11 p.m. Saturday in reference to a disturbance. The 48-year-old male complainant stated that Gabrielle Bradford, 40, of Argyle, entered and remained inside his residence without his consent and refused to leave. The complainant said the female, a known family member, then displayed a weapon that placed him in fear of imminent serious injury. Officers were told the suspect left in a vehicle that was found and stopped in the 4000 block of East Interstate 20.

Inside the vehicle police reportedly recovered a Llama .22-caliber pistol and magazine, nine rounds of bullets  and one fire shell casing. The vehicle was impounded.

The driver, Brian Bradford, 44, also of Argyle, was taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated while Bradford was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He was released after posting bond Monday.

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