Two women were arrested Tuesday afternoon at the rest stop just off Interstate 30 in Cumby for unauthorized use of the vehicle they were traveling, a Mazda that’d been reported to Oklahoma City authorities as stolen. One of the woman also was found to be wanted in Montgomery County for theft as well. The 6-month-old in the car with them, determined to be the child of one of the women, was placed into the custody of Child Protective Services, according to 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.
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. The woman was later found to be the mother of the child. CPS took custody of the child, according to sheriff’s officials.
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.
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 Wednesday morning, July 24. Bond was set at $5,000 on the unauthorized use of a vehicle charge, according to jail reports.
No charges had been filed at that time regarding the weapon and controlled substance allegedly found in the vehicle, but the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed at a later time, according to investigators.