David Jay Yates, Tresa Yates, and Brenda English
David Jay Yates, Tresa Yates, and Brenda English

Taser Takes Down Escapee, Family Already Jailed

Flighty Erwin man finds end of final chase a shocking experience, other family already in jail.

November 2, 2012 According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Criminal Interdiction Unit Investigators arrested David Jay Yates, age 48, 105 Little Germany Rd, Erwin; late Thursday after a brief foot pursuit ending when Yates refused orders to stop, tripped and attempted to flee again.

Washington County Officers and Investigators have been searching for Yates following an attempt to stop him for a traffic violation in late October. Yates fled on foot before the deputy could get him pulled over.

This week Interdiction Investigators have attempted to catch Yates 2 additional times with no luck, but Yates luck ran out on Thursday when Investigators created a perimeter around Yates location and then "flushed" him out the rear of the residence by pulling a Sheriffs vehicle in front of the home Yates was occupying. Yates attempted to flee out the back of the home on foot again, but was quickly boxed in following a short foot pursuit and refused several commands to stop, eventually tripping after an attempt to jump onto a porch.

Yates attempted to regain his footing, disobeying commands to stop resisting, fleeing and give up. Yates was finally taken into custody following a single Taser deployment. Yates was checked by EMS and transported to Washington County Detention Center where he was charged with 2 counts of Evading arrest, Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture, Driving on Revoked License, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear in court.

His total bond was set at $48,000 with arraignment scheduled for this morning in sessions court and next term of Criminal Court. He is currently housed in the Washington County Detention Center.

On Tuesday Interdiction Investigators arrested Yates wife, Tresa Yates, age 48, same address as her husband, along with Brenda English, age 39, 112 Robert Smith Ln after stopping the van that English was driving for a minor traffic violation. A check of English's license revealed they were suspended. English was taken into custody and a search of her person and the seat area in which he sat in the patrol car revealed a glass pipe and powdered methamphetamine in a glass vial.

A search of English's van revealed a glass jar of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Both English and Yates were charged with Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture. English was also charged with Driving on Suspended License, Financial Responsibility, Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale, and Simple Possession of diverted prescription pills. Tresa Yates bond was set at $10, 000 while English's bond was set at $22,000. Both were arraigned Wednesday and are currently housed in Washington County Detention Center.

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