Derek Sean Cardona

Derek Sean Cardona

Two people were arrested Thursday after leading a trooper on a farm road pursuit in Calhoun County, authorities said.

Port Lavaca resident Derek Sean Cardona, the 35-year-old driver of a black 2009 Chrysler, was arrested with Calhoun County resident Amanda Nicole Vela, 36, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Vela was wanted on a charge of theft of property between $100 to $750, and Cardona was wanted for violating his probation in an unauthorized use of a vehicle case.

After their arrest Thursday, Cardona was also charged on suspicion of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. Both were also arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams after authorities discovered a substance suspected of being an illegal drug in their possession.

They remained in the Calhoun County jail on Friday.

Those arrests came after a trooper attempted to pull over Cardona and Vela for speeding on Farm-to-Market Road 1090, San Miguel said.

Four minutes into the pursuit, Cardona crashed near U.S. 87 after a spike strip was deployed across the roadway, he said.

San Miguel said Cardona avoided the spike strip but then lost control of the car.

During a subsequent search, authorities discovered what they suspected was methamphetamine inside the car.

No one was injured.

Amanda Nicole Vela

Amanda Nicole Vela

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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