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Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 12:00 pm

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - Copperas Cove police arrested three women suspected of cocaine possession after the car they were in was pulled over for running a stop sign on Sunday. None of the women remained in Coryell County Jail as of Thursday.

Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Teresa Marie Baker, 33, of Copperas Cove; Pamela Elizabeth Catar, 49, of Copperas Cove; and Saleshia Renee McKithen, 37, of Killeen, Sunday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Guinn set bonds at $5,000 each.

According to the arrest complaint, the women were in a 2003 Land Rover Freelander that failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Coy and Ashley drives. An officer witnessed the traffic violation and pulled the Land Rover over in the 2200 block of Coy Drive.

A dispatcher told the officer the driver of the vehicle, McKithen, had a municipal warrant for her arrest, according to the arrest complaint. The officer placed McKithen under arrest and identified the other passengers as Catar and Baker.

It was later determined Baker had a Coryell County warrant for a theft by check charge, so the officer asked all the passengers to exit the vehicle. After placing Baker under arrest, the officer asked to search the vehicle and McKithen consented.

During the search, the officer discovered a metal pipe with burn marks on the end of it and two clear sandwich-style bags in the map pocket of the front passenger's seat, the complaint stated. One of the two bags contained small pieces of white substance, which later tested positive as cocaine.

In a separate incident, Guinn arraigned Felix Garcia III, 28, of Copperas Cove, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third offense, on Sunday. Guinn set his bond at $5,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com.

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