Sparta Woman Wanted by White County Authorities Still at Large After Tuesday Car Chase

August 20, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Audria LeeAnn Estes (picture courtesy of The Expositor)

An 18 year old Sparta woman, wanted by the White County Sheriff's Department, remains at large today.

Audria LeeAnn Estes was last seen Tuesday afternoon in DeKalb County in the Hillcrest Hills area, after escaping on foot into the woods following a high speed car chase.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says White County deputies got in pursuit of Estes' car Tuesday morning in White County. The woman is apparently wanted there for violation of probation and four other active warrants. The chase continued into DeKalb County, until she wrecked her car, a purple cavalier, behind Hillcrest Restaurant on Highway 70 east. Estes then got out of the car and ran into the woods where the undergrowth is thick and the terrain is very steep.

Sheriff Ray says his department received the call around 11:00 a.m. and joined in the search for the woman.

In addition to officers of the DeKalb County and White County Sheriff's Department, members of the Cookeville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol came to the scene with tracking dogs, and TWRA officers and Corps of Engineers officials monitored the shoreline by boat from the lake, but the woman could not be found.

According to Sheriff Ray, Estes did emerge from hiding briefly late Tuesday afternoon. Some men working on a house at Hillcrest Hills reported seeing and talking with her. Sheriff Ray says the men tried to get her to surrender, but she refused and took off running again. That was apparently the last time she was seen.

Estes was unarmed, wearing a white shirt and blue capris pants. She is white, medium complexion, with black hair and brown eyes. She weighs 130 pounds and stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall. She also has a tattoo of a rose on her right upper arm.

Sheriff Ray says officers suspended the search Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. The search resumed Wednesday morning, with local officers monitoring roads and lake homes in the area.

Estes now faces additional charges as a result of Tuesday's events.

If you have information that could lead to her arrest, call the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department at 597-4935 or the White County Sheriff's Department at 931-836-3621

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