Woman arrested after fleeing on ATV


WILLIAMSON – A Williamson woman was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges after fleeing from law enforcement on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Melissa Bentley, 40, was arrested on Sunday, March 27 by Patrolman J.L. Marcum of the Williamson Police Department on a list of charges that include having an ATV on a roadway, reckless driving, felony fleeing, fleeing DUI, DUI and driving on a suspended license.

According to a criminal complaint, the arrest was made while the officer was on patrol near East Second Avenue in Williamson.

At that time, the officer observed two ATV’s traveling down First Avenue near the Vinson Street intersection.

The officer turned to meet the ATV’s at the intersection where he identified Brian Bentley as the operator the first ATV doubling one male identified as Ronald Blankenship and Melissa Bentley operating the second ATV doubling one female identified as Angie Hicks.

At that time, the officer initiated blue lights and siren as the ATV’s passed through the posted stop signs at both the First Avenue and Second Avenue intersections of Vinson Street then turned right traveling through the floodwall gate toward the water gate.

The criminal complaint continues stating that the ATV driven by Melissa Bentley turned left behind the Water Plant building. The ATV driven by Brian Bentley continued straight onto railroad property.

The officer then turned back to the rear of the Water Plant where the officer forced Melissa Bentley to stop as she was unable to travel past the officer’s patrol vehicle.

The officer then removed the occupants from the ATV and placed the driver, Melissa Bentley under arrest. The officer could allegedly smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Bentley’s breath and conducted a preliminary breath test (PBT). The results of the test were .083. Bentley then consented to a secondary chemical test with the Intoximeter with a result of .107. A DMV inquiry revealed that her drivers’ license was suspended as well.

Bentley has been charged with two felony offenses. If convicted of felony fleeing Bentley could spend one to five years in a state correctional facility and be fined up to $2,000. If convicted of fleeing while DUI, Bentley could spend three to ten years in a state correctional facility.

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