New Caney, September 27 – On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 just before 8:30 p.m., deputies of Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden conducted a traffic stop of a white Ford F250 in the area of Highway 59 and Roman Forest Blvd in New Caney. Two individuals, one male and one female, both from California, occupied the vehicle. Both individuals had stories as to their destinations that contradicted each other, raising the deputy’s suspicion that something illegal may be occurring; deputies also noted that a strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle.
As deputies continued their investigation, they located 5.7 pounds of marijuana in 5 vacuum sealed bags carrying a street value of around $25,000. Also in the vehicle, deputies located a clear bag containing 7.6 grams of methamphetamine, carrying a street value of almost $400. Both subjects were placed in handcuff restraints and placed in the rear of patrol vehicles.
As deputies were wrapping up the investigation, the male subject somehow slipped out of the handcuff restraints and leaped through the rear side window of the patrol vehicle that was rolled down approximately half way for ventilation. A struggle ensued as the male broke free from deputies and ran towards the busy highway. Thanks to the help of a nearby tow truck driver, the male was once again restrained in handcuffs and placed in the rear of the patrol vehicle.
Richard Benavidez, 30 years of age from Gustine, CA First Degree Felony – Manufacturer/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine)
Third Degree Felony – Possession of Marijuana
Third Degree Felony – Escape While Arrested/Confined
Misdemeanor – Resisting Arrest/Detention
Amy Bruton, 36 years of age from Atascadero, CA
First Degree Felony – Manufacturer/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine)
Third Degree Felony – Possession of Marijuana.