By News-Register staff • 

McMinnville man arrested on drug charges after foot pursuit

Photo courtesy McMinnville Police Department
Suspect Abel Elias Garcia was in possession of methamphetamine and about $6,000 in cash.
Photo courtesy McMinnville Police Department
Suspect Abel Elias Garcia was in possession of methamphetamine and about $6,000 in cash.

A McMinnville man was arrested on drug charges Thursday night after a short foot pursuit that followed a traffic stop by McMinnville police.

Capt. Dennis Marks identified the suspect as Abel Elias Garcia, 38. He was charged with one count each of attempt to elude a police officer, delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance/meth. He was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Garcia's vehicle, a 1990 Nissan sedan, was stopped in the 300 block of North Highway 99W about 9;30 p.m. A McMinnville police narcotics detection K9 "alerted" on the vehicle, according to Marks.

After police removed Garcia from the vehicle, he fled on foot. A Newberg-Dundee police tracking dog was requested, and Marks said he was located a few blocks away.

Garcia was in possession of about one-half ounce of meth and about $6,000 in cash, according to Marks.

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