Chase suspects withdraw plea |

Chase suspects withdraw plea

Robert Stern

Two people arrested after a July car chase that began in South Lake Tahoe and wound through three counties were scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, but they withdrew their no-contest pleas and will return to court to face fresh charges.

Kenneth Cadwallader, 38, and Nicole Rhiley, 29, claimed they did not have enough time with their attorneys and were not responsible for their crimes, according to Simon Harvey, public defender for Cadwallader. They’re scheduled to return Oct. 4 to El Dorado County Superior Court.

The couple was captured at Monitor Pass July 26 after a car chase that lasted more than an hour and crossed the state line twice. The pursuit involved Nevada and California highway patrol officers and deputies from Douglas, Alpine and El Dorado counties.

The chase began after a $600 digital camera was taken from the Staples office supply store in South Lake Tahoe. The store manager was injured while trying to stop the getaway vehicle.

Cadwallader and Rhiley allegedly drove off in a stolen Toyota Tacoma with a 10-year-old girl, who the couple said is their daughter. A DNA test should reveal if Cadwallader is the biological father by next week, according to statements made by Harvey in court Thursday.

The girl was taken into protective custody after Rhiley’s and Cadwallader’s arrest. Authorities said the couple gave false names and possessed several fake ID’s, but their identity was determined through fingerprints. Rhiley had warrants out for theft, assault and forging checks in Arizona under various aliases.

Both Rhiley and Cadwallader will be charged with second-degree burglary. Cadwallader also faces an allegation of great bodily injury, which could lengthen his sentence if convicted.

The couple will also be charged with second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle evasion, felony endangerment and false identification. Rhiley will also be charged with forgery.

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