22-year-old Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop of Tron Avenue in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (April 24) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Officers were dispatched to the Springs Road area in reference to a stolen vehicle. An Officer saw the vehicle and attempted to stop it, leading to a brief chase down Interstate 40. The Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle around Zion Church Road. The driver jumped and ran.
Three passengers remained in the vehicle. Waldrop, who was in the front passenger seat, was taken into custody without incident on the drug charges. The other two passengers were not charged.
The driver has been identified and warrants have been issued for his arrest.
Waldrop was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.