Austin Briner of Rosendale is charged in Andrew County with felonies of possession, resisting arrest, and tampering with physical evidence. He’s also charged with several misdemeanors for traffic violations and property damage. Alyssa Denney of Oregon is charged in Andrew County with a felony of possession and misdemeanors for resisting and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, Saturday, Investigator Grant Gillett with the Andrew County Sheriff’s Department chased a vehicle driven by Briner through Andrew And Nodaway Counties after he failed to stop for traffic violations. Gillett said the pursuit went from Country Road 140 to U.S. Highway 71, northbound into Nodaway County with speed reaching 130 MPH. Gillett said the pursuit came back into Andrew County and ended in a corn field in Rosendale off of County Road 133.
“The suspect vehicle caused damage to the field and crop that was planted,” Gillett said. “They both fled on foot to the east into another field. Both were arrested in the field, Austin Briner was found to be the driver and advised officers on scene that while fleeing on foot he swallowed approximately 5 to 6 grams of methamphetamine.”
Gillett said Briner was transported to Mosaic Life Care for medical issued from ingesting the narcotics.
“I asked Austin why he swallowed the drugs and he stated, so we wouldn’t find them,” Gillett said.
Gillett said once in the field Alyssa slowed down and stopped and put her hands up.
“I arrested Alyssa and asked her why she ran, Alyssa stated that Austin told her to run so she did,” Gillett said.
Gillett said when he asked Alyssa if she had also swallowed meth, she said no, but claimed to have a meth pipe in her underwear.
Both are due in court Tuesday for an arraignment.