One More Arrested Following Friday Night Pursuit
An anonymous tip that led to the arrest of Thomas Hinckley, 33, also resulted in the arrest of Heather Lees, 29, after she was reportedly found with methamphetamine and marijuana.
Less than an hour before sheriff’s deputies engaged in a high speed pursuit of Hinckley March 8, an unidentified caller tipped off the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to a notably high amount of traffic to and from a trailer on Hannum Road.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the caller informed the CCSO that they suspected the trailer could be involved in illegal narcotic sales.
The caller gave a description of a white SUV, the vehicle driven by Hinckley during the alleged pursuit, which was located by police travelling on 2nd Street.
The registered owner of the white SUV, which was later found not to be Hinckley, had an active arrest warrant.
Regardless, Hinckley reportedly fled the area once police attempted a traffic stop.
Hinckley was taken into custody at 3:06 a.m. March 8, after his vehicle became stuck in the snow while he was reportedly attempting to evade spike strips deployed by law enforcement in and around the Remington Village Estates.
At the scene, deputies reportedly found a loaded .25 ACP handgun in a shoulder holster, several counterfeit $100 bills, a set of brass knuckles, and a stiletto folding knife on Hinckley’s person.
At the jail, detention staff also located a baggie containing 2.05 grams of meth, court documents say.
The pursuit had initially led sheriff’s deputies away from the trailer, but they returned to it later that same morning, where they spoke with Lees.
After deputies explained the allegations of the residence being used for selling drugs, Lees denied there were any drugs in the residence and gave permission for deputies to enter the residence.
Lees granted deputies consent to search her residence for drugs and, in her wallet, deputies discovered several hydrocodone pills, court documents say.
Within a brown metal box, a deputy reportedly uncovered two syringes with clear liquid, which they suspected was meth.
Also in the box were parts of a tattoo device, a paper list, and a box of 6.35 ammunition.
The ammunition, also known as .25 ACP, was the caliber of the handgun that was reportedly found on Hinckley during his arrest.
A metal grinder containing suspected marijuana was reportedly found in the living room, while more paraphernalia was found in a bedroom.
Deputies also seized a small, locked safe.
Lees denied ownership of the box, the safe, and all but one methamphetamine pipe, though she did claim ownership of several items in the box and the grinder, according to the affidavit.
Lees also allegedly admitted to smoking meth the previous night, March 7.
She was arrested and charged with felony possession of controlled substances for the suspected marijuana and hydrocodone pills. She was also charged with being under the influence of drugs.
Hinckley is currently charged with eluding officers, felony taking a controlled substance into jail, interference, and possession of forged writings.