ISP arrest two women after Meridian chases

January 22, 2014 

Tabatha D. Ellis, 24, of Meridian and Norma J. Garcia, 27, of Nampa were taken into custody Wednesday morning after they were spotted walking in a parking lot near the 9000 block of Emerald Street in Boise. A third person was apprehended at the same time.

An Idaho State Police trooper had tried to stop a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina for a traffic violation at 10:31 a.m. near Main Street and Central Drive in Meridian. The driver, later identified as Ellis, failed to stop. The trooper called off a pursuit due to public safety concerns on Cadillac Drive east of Locust Grove Road in Meridian.

Police officers throughout the area were given a description of the car and its occupants. The vehicle was spotted by two other troopers on Bentley Drive at Truss Place in Meridian.

Those troopers blocked the road, but the driver drove around the patrol cars, leading to a second chase. That one was also called off due to safety concerns, at the intersection of Franklin Road and Eagle Road.

An Ada County sheriff's deputy located the car parked in the Emerald Street parking lot. Ellis, Garcia and Taylor M. Herren were apprehended without incident.

Ellis was charged with felony eluding a police officer. She was also cited for driving without privileges and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Garcia was detained on a Canyon County warrant for failure to appear on charges of methamphetamine trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Herren was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Idaho State Police were assisted by the Meridian Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff's Office and the Boise Police Department.

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