The Panama City Beach Police Department announces the arrest of Mr. Frank Brian Yunger, a 32 year old white male from Panama City Beach; Ms. Regina Colette Cooley, a 33 year old white female from Panama City Beach, and Ms. Cheyenne Marie Holley, a 20 year old white female from Fountain.
The arrests follow an incident that began as the result of a traffic violation. A Panama City Beach Police Officer observed a 1994 maroon Ford Ranger pickup truck run a red light at Back Beach Road and Nautilus Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled over in the area of Back Beach Road and Gardenia Street. When the officer got out of his vehicle to initiate contact with the driver, the vehicle sped off southbound on Gardenia Street.
After a short pursuit, the vehicle came to a stop at a dead end street in the Tapestry Park subdivision. The driver, Mr. Yunger, exited the vehicle and ran into the wooded area between the subdivision and the Panama City Beach Library. Ms. Cooley and Ms. Holley also exited the vehicle and attempted to flee, however gave up as officers arrived on scene. Multiple units arrived from the Panama City Beach Police Department; Bay County Sheriff's Office and the Panama City Police Department and cordoned off the area. The Bay County Sheriff's Office helicopter, Air 1, arrived on scene and immediately located the suspect hiding in the wooded area. Officers were directed to the suspect by the pilot. The suspect, Mr. Yunger, was taken into custody.
Ms. Cooley was arrested for Resisting an Officer by Providing False Information. Ms. Holley was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Bay County for Failure to Appear on drug charges. Mr. Yunger was charged with multiple traffic charges and arrested for Driving on a Suspended License and Aggravated Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude. Found in the bed of the pickup truck in plain view was a post production "shake and bake" methamphetamine lab. Mr. Yunger was then charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine Production Equipment. Pending the outcome of further investigation, more charges may follow. The units from the Bay County Sheriff's Office and Panama City Police Department were assigned to the Panama City Beach Police Department working the Spring Break Mutual Aid detail.