National Coverage Of Rescue Catches Attention Of Police


Elbert Higginbotham of Heber, and his wife Becky -- who made national news after being marooned in their snowbound motor home with four others for three weeks and rescued March 21 -- were arrested in Washington state for warrant violations, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The day following the Higginbothams' rescue, the Navajo County Sheriff's Department issued warrants for the couple after seeing them on television.

According to court records, the Higginbothams were wanted on charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Law enforcement caught up with the Higginbothams in the coastal town of Long Beach, Wash. in the same motor home they were rescued in.

The Higginbothams' plight began March 4 after snow stranded the motor home's six passengers as they made their way to the Oregon Coast. They subsisted on dried and canned food until rescuers found them nearly three weeks later.

The couple fled after the warrants were issued for their arrest. Officials said they could get jail time for felony flight.

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