Brownwood police arrested two Mineral Wells residents on multiple charges including vehicle theft after finding the two in a stolen pickup Monday afternoon, police said.
    Charles Ragsdale, 23, tried to elude officers after police found him in the driver’s seat of the stolen Ford F-150 pickup while parked at the Budget Inn, 515 E. Commerce, a police report alleged. Ragsdale was booked into the Brown County Jail on a parole warrant and on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest, jail records state.
    Ashley Brooks, 22, who was in the truck’s passenger seat, slipped a baggie with pieces of an alprazolam pill — often sold as Xanax — into her mouth as she was being driven to jail, where a jailer discovered the contraband, the report alleged. Brooks was booked on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, evidence tampering and prohibited substance in a correctional facility, and on a Mineral Wells warrant for theft, jail records state.
    According to a report by Brownwood police Cpl. Brandon Johnson:
    Johnson received information from communications that the stolen Ford F-150 was possibly in Brownwood and occupied by Brooks. Mineral Wells police had information that Brooks was in Brownwood looking for a motel.
    Johnson saw the pickup in the Budget Inn parking lot. A man identified as Ragsdale got out of the driver’s seat and walked toward a breezeway. Johnson yelled at Ragsdale to get his attention, and Ragsdale turned to look at Johnson. Johnson told Ragsdale to come toward him, but Ragsdale ran toward the office area.
    Other officers arrived and saw Ragsdale in the center of the motel complex. Ragsdale fled toward the Dollar General parking lot. Assistant Police Chief James Fuller arrived and located Ragsdale in a small field, where he took Ragsdale into custody.
    Ragsdale told police he had no idea the truck was reported stolen and said he didn’t know who owned the vehicle. Police learned Ragsdale had a parole warrant out of Austin.
    Brooks also acted as though she had no idea whose vehicle she was in or how she even arrived in Brownwood.
    Johnson drove Brooks to jail, where she became uncooperative. A jail sergeant told Johnson later she had found a small baggie with the pills pieces in Brooks’ mouth. Johnson reviewed his patrol vehicle’s video, which showed Brooks reaching around her waist area while seated in the prisoner area. Brooks was seen lying over in the seat, and it appeared she concealed the pill pieces in her mouth.