Milam was secured in handcuffs behind her back and placed in the patrol unit. As this was the K-9 Unit, Milam was placed in the front seat and secured with a seat belt. While the deputy interviewed others, Milam removed her seat belt, climbed over the center console and put the vehicle in drive while her hands were still secured behind her back. The vehicle traveled approximately 200 yards and came to a stop. Milam exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
The Miller County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the woman who took off in a patrol vehicle Thursday morning despite having been handcuffed behind her back. She is facing multiple charges after being taken back into custody later in the day.
During the early morning hours of July 13, the Miller County K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on South Eastview Drive outside of Eldon. During contact with the occupants of the vehicle, it was discovered that the female occupant, identified as Audrey Milam, had multiple felony warrants for her arrest.
According to the press release from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, Milam was secured in handcuffs behind her back and placed in the patrol unit. As this was the K-9 Unit, Milam was placed in the front seat and secured with a seat belt.
K-9 Maugli was deployed to search the vehicle that had been stopped, Maugli alerted to the presence of narcotics where Milam had been seated. A subsequent search revealed narcotics and paraphernalia, the press release states. According to further information provided by the sheriff's office Facebook page, K-9 Maugli was in the patrol vehicle at the time, but had been secured in his cage in the vehicle.
An extensive search was conducted of the area, utilizing multiple K-9 teams and additional officers from the Eldon Police Department, Osage Beach Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
After an extensive three-hour search, Milam was located hiding in a public restroom on East 8th Street, over a mile from where she had initially fled.
Milam has been charged by Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Winfrey with delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting/interfering with a felony arrest. Additional charges are to follow, the press release added. She is currently being held in the Miller County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
The sheriff's office would like to thank the assisting agencies and the vigilance of the community, which ultimately led to Milam’s capture.