A Kinta man caught the attention of a Quinton police officer Monday after allegedly speeding through an EZ- Mart gas station parking lot.
Blake Dunaway, 18, was charged Tuesday with kidnapping and eluding/attempting to elude a police officer. He appeared in front of Special District Judge Tim Mills Tuesday and pleaded innocent to both charges. Mills set his bond at $10,000.
According to a police affidavit written by Quinton Police Officer James ‘Nick’ Quinton, Dunaway allegedly almost struck a vehicle while driving “in a reckless manner” through the parking lot. Officer Quinton stated that he was at the gas station to refuel his cruiser and witnessed Dunaway’s alleged actions.
It is alleged that Dunaway had two minors in the vehicle with him while allegedly trying to avoid capture. Quinton police identified the minors as a boy and a girl. The boy was 16-years-old and 17-years-old, according to police. Dunaway allegedly did not let the minors out of the vehicle, though both of them said they asked Dunaway several times for their release, according to the affidavit.
Officer Quinton stated that he turned on his lights and siren to pursue the vehicle that Dunaway was driving, but was unable to stop him before Dunaway made it into Haskell County.
Officer Quinton stated that he contacted the county’s dispatch and met with a Haskell County deputy. Quinton’s Chief of Police Colton Westbrook also showed up, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that one of the teenagers was able to phone officer Quinton and tell him the three were lost and on foot.
Eventually, the three people that were in the vehicle, Dunaway and the two alleged victims, were found together walking on the side of the road, according to the police affidavit.
Quinton police stated that the vehicle was found off the side of the road close to a bush line. The vehicle was still operational when it was found.
If convicted of the charges, Dunaway could face a maximum of 21 years in prison and a $2,000 fine. The kidnapping charge that he is facing could land him up to 20 years. The eluding charge could land him a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. He is due to appear in court on July 18 for a preliminary hearing conference.
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