|Barefoot, handcuffed woman escapes from deputy after stop|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 29, 2004 -- Sheriff's deputies continued to look Tuesday morning for a Winnsboro woman who eluded custody following an early morning chase of a stolen pickup in eastern Hopkins County.
The woman was last seen running from deputies around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday on County Road 2390, headed north. She was barefooted and still had on the handcuffs placed there by deputies around 2 a.m. after she got the stolen pickup stuck.
Melissa Gale Millsap is described as a green-eyed blond of slight build, standing about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 105 pounds. She is not considered dangerous at this time, but anyone who spots her is urged to contact authorities immediately so that she can be apprehended.
The early morning vehicle chase began at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday when Cpl. Todd Evans attempted to stop Millsap, who was in a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup matching the description of a truck reported earlier in the night as stolen from a Hopkins County resident.
Evans notified dispatchers and alerted other officers in the area of the situation at 1:48 a.m. that the driver of the truck did not stop, and that he was initiating a pursuit of the truck beginning at State Highway 11 east and County Road 2402.
Sheriff's officials pursued Millsap through that area of Hopkins County, including north on FM 269 until they reached County Road 2390, where the vehicle got stuck on the side of the road in a curve.
Millsap was placed in custody at 2:03 a.m. and handcuffed. At 2:19 a.m. Tuesday, deputies notified dispatchers and others in the area that the woman had fled on foot while barefooted and still in handcuffs.
Cpl. Michele Peek was contacted at 2:21 a.m. and requested to bring her canine partner and tracking dog, Body, to County Road 2383. Sheriff Butch Adams also responded at the location along with all of the available night shift deputies and other law enforcement officers in the area.
Officials continued searching the area for Millsap until about 5:12 a.m. Tuesday, but were unable to locate her. Deputies reporting for duty later in the morning again began checking the area for Millsap, who had yet to be located at noon Tuesday.
The stolen pickup was returned to the owner who reported it missing, according to sheriff's reports.
Deputies will make reports on the incident, then turn the paperwork over to the district attorney's office in the hopes of securing a warrant for Millsap's arrest for evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, a felony offense.