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Woman arrested for drugs after police pursuit

She remains in Nobles County Jail.

Tianna Kresley-Bickett
Kresley-Bickett

WORTHINGTON — A woman was in police custody after an early Wednesday morning traffic stop resulted in her arrest.

A woman was driving the vehicle, and two male passengers were also present. While talking with the occupants, the officer observed that the vehicle smelled of marijuana and noted the remains of a marijuana cigarette in the console ash tray.

The driver identified herself as a 40-year-old, but appeared to be much younger than that. When the officer pressed her, she reportedly insisted that the name she gave was her true identity.

The passengers were asked to exit the vehicle and, when the driver also stepped out, two baggies containing what appeared to be marijuana and methamphetamine began to fall out of her pocket. When an officer asked for the baggies, the driver allegedly said "sorry," shifted the vehicle back into drive and fled the scene.

Multiple officers pursued her through Worthington. They caught up when she crashed her vehicle into the security gate at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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The driver then reportedly told law enforcement she had both marijuana and meth in the vehicle, and revealed that her real name was Tianna Kresley-Bickett, 23, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The name and date of birth she had originally given belonged to her mother.

Searching the vehicle, officers found two bags of meth — weighing 15.1 grams and 5.28 grams — along with a bag of marijuana weighing 1.58 grams and $488 in cash.

Kresley-Bickett was arrested and charged with third-degree controlled substance crime — a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine — felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. If convicted, she will be sentenced based on criminal history.

When police returned to the scene of the traffic stop, they were unable to locate the two other passengers that had previously been removed from Kresley-Bickett's vehicle.

Kresley-Bickett was being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $15,000 with conditions or $30,000 without.

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