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Police say Erwin man charged after foot chase

Staff reports • Nov 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

An Erwin man was arrested late Thursday following a foot chase when he tried to flee from authorities, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Department news release.

According to the release, David Jay Yates, 48, 105 Little Germany Road, was being sought by deputies following a traffic violation in October. The deputy that pulled him over was unable to catch Yates before he fled on foot.

Investigators had also attempted to arrest Yates two times before, but were unsuccessful.

On Thursday, investigators created a perimeter around Yates’ alleged location and “flushed” him out of the residence, where he tried to flee again but was boxed in after a short foot chase and several commands to stop.

Yates tripped while trying to jump on a porch and was Tasered once by authorities, arrested and charged with two counts of evading arrest, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, driving on a revoked license and two counts of failure to appear in court.

He was checked out by EMS and taken to the Washington County Detention Center and was being held on $48,000 bond.

He was arraigned Friday morning in Sessions Court.

Yates’ arrest follows the arrest of his wife, Tresa Yates, 48, and Brenda English, 39, 112 Robert Smith Lane, who were stopped in a van Tuesday for a minor traffic violation.

A license check revealed English’s license was suspended.

She was arrested and a glass pipe and powdered methamphetamine in a glass vial were found on her person. A search of the van also revealed a glass jar of chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

English and Tresa Yates were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. English was also charged for driving on a suspended license, violation of the financial responsibility law, possession of methamphetamine for resale and simple possession of diverted prescription pills.

Tresa Yates’ bond was $10,000 and English’s bond was $22,000. Both were arraigned Wednesday and are being held in the Washington County Detention Center.

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