Before he was charged with intending to sell $2,000 worth of meth, 31-year-old Brannon Avery was allegedly stalking his girlfriend, according to testimony from a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
Avery faced charges of stalking and false imprisonment during his preliminary hearing. He was also heard on the possession of meth with intent to distribute, fleeing or attempting to elude and failure to use turn signals charges he received when he was arrested Wednesday.
Police told the court that stalking and false imprisonment warrants were released for Avery on Sept. 6 after he reportedly stalked his girlfriend within a day of her moving out.
The victim told authorities she lived with Avery for about a year, but moved out on Sept. 5 to live with a friend. That night, she received a call from Avery saying that he wanted to talk about her leaving. She agreed to meet with him and got into a white Chevy truck that he drove to her new address on the 1400 block of 31st Street.
When she got into the truck, however, Avery allegedly locked the doors and would not let the victim leave. At one point she said she had her foot out of the vehicle, but he pulled her back into the truck by her hair.
He finally let her out at her new address at about 12:45 a.m., Sept. 6, after she asked several times to be allowed to leave. Within 30 minutes, he was back, sitting in the driveway of the victim's new residence.
"We asked him to leave, it must have been 15 times," the victim said during her testimony. "We asked nicely."
By the time police arrived, Avery was gone, causing authorities to issue warrants.
On Wednesday, two officers in separate patrol cars reportedly noticed Avery turning without signals near R.C. Allen Drive. Avery allegedly led police in a high speed chase through several streets after an officer attempted to pull him over. At one point, he ignored a patrol car's flashing lights and circled a Shell gas station pump at 5757 Buena Vista Road several times before speeding off again.
Officers finally apprehended Avery after he fled his vehicle at a stop light and sprinted through a front yard on Glenview Drive. The officer reportedly saw Avery throw a clear plastic bag, later discovered to contain methamphetamine, in the front yard as he ran.
Avery was tackled to the ground, which led to an injury above his left eye. When police searched Avery, they reportedly found additional meth in his wallet. The collective meth was weighed at 20 grams, which is valued at about $2,000.
Judge Michael Cielinski noted during Friday's hearing that Avery has been convicted of aggravated stalking three times before. His bond was set at $40,250.