Arraignment expected for suspects in high speed chase
A couple arrested Thursday after a chase that lasted more than an hour are expected to be arraigned in El Dorado County Superior Court today.
Police have discovered through fingerprints their names are Kenneth Cadwallader, 38, and Nicole Rhiley, 29. Investigators are still unsure if a 10-year-old girl who was a passenger in the truck is the daughter of Cadwallader and Rhiley, but say it is likely. The girl has remained with Child Protective Services in South Lake Tahoe since the couple’s arrest.
The chase led law enforcement across the state line twice and ended on Monitor Pass. The couple is being investigated on suspicion of forging checks, numerous fake IDs and for driving a stolen 2001 Toyota Tacoma.
The pickup had New Mexico license plates and had been reported stolen from a dealership outside of Las Vegas.
“There is probably a lot more to these folks than we know right now,” said Detective Mike Dente of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Police searched the Tacoma on Friday but did not say what items they found.
“If there is some kind of evidence that would incriminate them in other crimes, we probably would not release that because of the investigation,” Dente said. “These folks have been all over the place. Who knows what crimes they have committed?”
The chase started at Staples in South Lake Tahoe where Cadwallader was accused of stealing a $600 digital camera. Staples manager, Adrian Narvaez, trailed Cadwallader outside.
Narvaez tried to stop the Tacoma by standing in its way. He looked right into Cadwallader’s eyes and at the last second avoided being hit by the truck, according to a police report.
Narvaez reached around the truck and tried to grab on and was dragged for a short distance after pulling out some luggage from the back of the truck. Narvaez attempted to chase the truck in his car and later went to Barton Memorial Hospital for pain in his right shoulder, elbow and knee. He has since been released and was unavailable for comment.
The couple gave California Highway Patrol fake names when arrested Thursday, but police who discovered the couple’s real identities after fingerprinting also found numerous fake IDs believed to have been produced on a home computer, Dente said. It was also discovered that Rhiley had warrants out for theft, assault and forging checks in Arizona under various aliases.
Cadwallader was booked for willful cruelty to a child, evading a police officer, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Rhiley was booked for burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and possession of a prescription drug not in her name.
– Gregory Crofton contributed to this story.
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