Two are arrested after a vehicle chase, as well as other discoveries made by an officer.

On Tuesday night, the officer noticed a vehicle had a defective brake light. The officer turned on his patrol car’s emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop on the corner of Old Dallas Road and West Pine Avenue.

However, the vehicle continued down the roadway and kept speeding up. The officer turned on his emergency sirens and followed the vehicle, which continued to drive away and speed up. A pursuit then ensued.

During the pursuit, the officer noticed a black handgun tossed from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The vehicle was three miles away before coming to a stop at the Sunoco Gas Station located at 337 S McLennan Road. The driver and passenger were detained.

The driver has been identified as Tanya Coffman, and the passenger was identified as Joseph Dulock. Coffman told the officer she was scared and Dulock told her not to stop. 

An assisting deputy located the handgun tossed out of the vehicle and collected it for evidence. During a vehicle search, Xanax pills were located in Coffman’s purse. A chewing gum container located in the passenger’s seat contained white, crystal-like residue inside it. It tested positive for meth during a field test.

Both Coffman and Dulock showed multiple felony convictions after a criminal records check. Both of them denied having any possession of a firearm when asked about the gun thrown from the vehicle.

Dulock has been charged with possession of meth, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon. Coffman has been charged with evading arrest/detention in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance. Both were transported to the McLennan County Jail.

Source: McLennan County Jail