A Bruceville-Eddy woman who allegedly had drugs hidden in her body cavity was arrested early Wednesday morning after she threatened to kill a man who gave her a ride from Lacy Lakeview to Waco, Lacy Lakeview Police Chief John Truehitt said.

Natalie Elizabeth Ritchie, 29, was arrested after a man offered to give her a ride to Waco at about 2 a.m. As the man drove Ritchie, she allegedly pulled out a knife and started threatening to harm herself, causing the man to pull the car over in the 100 block of New Dallas Highway, Truehitt said.

"He managed to get his car stopped and called us, because at that point, she was trying to get out of the vehicle," Truehitt said. "She then started to threaten to cut him with the knife and kill him."

Police reports described the knife as a "fixed blade pocket knife" and had a blade measuring about 3 1/2 inches, Truehitt said. The man reportedly recorded the incident on his cellphone before officers arrived.

Police arrested Ritchie on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and took her to McLennan County Jail. Neither the man nor Ritchie were hurt in the incident.

Truehitt said when officers got to jail with Ritchie, it was discovered that she allegedly had usable amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana lodged in her body cavity. She also had drugs in a small coin purse she had with her at the time.

Ritchie was booked into McLennan County Jail on the second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two third-degree felony charges of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. She was also arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

She remained in custody Wednesday afternoon with a bond listed at $42,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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