The two women arrested Tuesday, July 23, at the rest stop just off Interstate 30 in Cumby were served Wednesday afternoon with additional charges related to the stop.
After investigation, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Wade Sheets served Brittany Rennea White and Misha Michelle Price at 3:15 p.m. with a theft of a firearm warrant each for the gun found in the Mazda they were traveling in when detained by officials. Both the gun and car were reported to have been stolen from Oklahoma City, according to officials.
White also was served with a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Price was charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance due to the small amount of suspected methamphetamine in the car and child abandonment or endangerment — criminal negligence; a 6-month-old child, determined to be hers, was in the car when they were arrested and reportedly had very little clothing and supplies, according to arrest and sheriff’s reports.
Hunt County Officer Kenneth Peters, while working routine patrol on Interstate 30, reportedly got a hit using a license plate reader on the car, designating it as having been stolen. Peters continued to follow the car, alerting Hopkins County officers as the vehicle was nearing that area. The eastbound car stopped at the rest stop in Cumby and parked. Peters and a Cumby police unit approached the car, with Hopkins County sheriff’s officers soon arriving to assist, according to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Dennis Findley.
The officers reported there were two females and an infant in the car. The vehicle was confirmed to have been reported by an individual to Oklahoma City authorities as stolen. A weapon was reported to have been in the vehicle when it was stolen. Officials reported finding a small gun in the vehicle at the roadside, according to the investigator. They were served the warrant on Wednesday for theft of a firearm.
The driver, identified as 27-year-old Brittany Rennea White, was taken into custody at 4:40 p.m. by Sgt. Kelly Wiser and day shift patrol deputies, while the passenger, identified in arrest reports as 25-year-old Misha Michelle Price of Oklahoma City, was taken into custody by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Brantley. Both women were transported to the jail for further investigation and later charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to arrest reports.
HCSO Investigator Dennis Findley transported the infant to the sheriff’s office, where the child was released into the custody of Child Protective Services personnel, who launched their own investigation to determine whether one of the women in the car was in fact the mother of the child as she claimed. Price was later found to be the mother of the child, who was placed in custody of the CPS Tuesday afternoon, according to sheriff’s officials. Price was served with the warrant for child endangerment or abandonment–criminal mischief.
The vehicle was taken to the sheriff’s office by a HCSO investigator, where it was more thoroughly searched by sheriff’s officers. A small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine was located in the vehicle. The vehicle’s owner was contacted; it’s being held until the owner can arrive from Oklahoma to claim it, investigators reported. Price was served with the warrant Wednesday for the controlled substance possession, according to arrest reports.
White also was discovered to be wanted in Montgomery County for theft. The Montgomery County warrant was also added to her charge.
Both White and Price remained in Hopkins County jail early Thursday, July 25. Bond was set at $5,000 on the unauthorized use of a vehicle charge. Bond had yet to be set at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to jail reports.