TYLER, TX (KTRE) - Tyler County Sheriff's deputies are still searching for a Bluff woman who fled the scene of Tuesday after the driver of the car she was in was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled substance.
According to a press release, Tyler County Sheriff's deputies spotted a man at the Spurger Exxon at FM 1013 and identified him as Thomas "Bubba" Winkle, who was known to have several outstanding arrest warrants.
When the deputies took Winkle into custody, they did a pat-down search on him and found two containers of a clear crystalline substance that field-test positive as methamphetamine, the press release stated.
Later, the deputies made contact with the passenger in Winkle's Dodge Nitro. The woman's driver's license identified her as Angela Mallone. After the deputies got consent to search the car, Mallone allegedly fled on foot when a deputy opened the door.
The press release stated that Mallone fled into a wooded area behind the convenience store. At this time, the deputies have been unable to locate her.
A search of the vehicle turned up clear plastic baggies containing about a quarter pound of meth.
Winkle was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled vehicle, and the charge was upgraded to a first-degree felony because Winkle was in possession of the drug within 1,000 feet of the Spurgeon Elementary campus, the press release stated. No bail has been set at this time.
Judge Trisher Ford issued an arrest warrant for Mallone for first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance.
Anyone with any information about Mallone's whereabouts is urged to call the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at (936) 283-2172.