Stop Stick News December: $250,000 worth of drugs seized, Armed Robberies, a high speed stand-off and more.
December 19, 2023
By: Zach Madden
Category: Stop Stick News
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115-Mile Pursuit Ends With Man in Jail and $250,000 Worth of Drugs Seized in Southern Illinois – Illinois
Summary: A long police pursuit spanning 115 miles came to an end in Southern Illinois, resulting in the arrest of a man and the seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of $250,000. The suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, was apprehended without any injuries reported.
According to authorities, the pursuit began when law enforcement officers attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation. Instead of stopping, the driver sped away, leading the police on a high-speed chase across multiple counties in Southern Illinois.
During the pursuit, law enforcement agencies deployed various tactics, including spike strips, to disable the suspect’s vehicle. After several hours, the chase concluded when the suspect’s tires were successfully deflated, forcing him to stop and surrender.
Upon searching the vehicle, authorities discovered a significant quantity of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, valued at approximately $250,000 on the street. The suspect was immediately taken into custody and now faces multiple charges, including drug trafficking and evading arrest.
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Chase Through The Mother Lode Ends in Arrest ~By Patrick Works
10:30 PM Sunday January 23, 2011, Jackass Hill, Highway 49 near Melones Bridge, Tuolumne County. Highway Patrol units from Tuoloumne County took up the chase coming to them from the Calaveras County side of the Lake Melones Bridge late tonight, as a slow speed chase involving 3 agencies came to a peaceful conclusion…
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department had joined the pursuit, in support of the CHP officers who’s initial engagement with the suspect driver commenced tonight’s long chase. Action on the road was joined by the Angels Camp Police Dept. K-9 unit, in hopes that if the final stop of the suspect brought about a belligerent scene, safety might be served by the presence of the police dog.
A very drunk man led the procession across the bridge on flat tires, as earlier police attempts to stop the suspect were only able to slow him down. Spike strips laid down in the road did their work in the end however, as a few miles of slow pursuit on Highway 49 finally resulted a halt of the suspect vehicle driving on it’s bare wheels.
Medical units arrived on the scene, but soon returned to their stations, as the evenings police action concluded without injury. All responding parties were relieved that the long chase, and all the cooperative efforts, brought about a quiet end to a busy night. The suspect is safely in custody.
A six-figure grant is making a big difference to emergency services in Bibb County.
The grant was provided by Tombigbee Resource, Conservation, and Development and split across the county to multiple programs for new equipment.
“They allowed us to get spike strips to put in the cars to eliminate high speed chases, because that results in usually 90 percent accident rate. So, if we can eliminate that then it’s a public safety issue that we have tried to deter,” said Centreville Chief of Police Rodney Smith.
The funding also provided the department the funds needed to outfit officers with new body armor and in car videos.
“If the officers got into an issue, I could actually log into their camera system remotely, and basically I could see what they were dealing with. “We also use those videos, going back as training too,” said Smith.
Update 4:39 AM 12/15/23 from The Ohio State Highway Patrol: On December 14, at approximately 1:42 a.m., a trooper from the Lima Post was behind a Dodge Magnum driving south on Interstate 75 near the state Route 65 exit that did not have a license plate displayed. Before the trooper could initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit continued south where Piqua Post troopers and Sidney Police Department officers successfully deployed stop sticks, deflating tires on the suspect’s vehicle. The Dodge exited I-75 and crashed into the guardrail on the south side of state Route 47. The driver, identified as Alan G. Gramajo, 18, Shelbyville, Kentucky, fled a short distance on foot, but was taken into custody by troopers.
The Portland Police Bureau on Friday announced that they would be loosening their restrictions for officers to start car chases.
Police investigate armed robbery at Best Buy – Illinois
Glen Carbon Police say they have detained two juveniles (one of those a 12-year-old male) and two women for Thursday night’s armed robbery at the Best Buy store in Edwardsville Crossing Shopping Center.
The foursome led police on a chase through Madison County that ended near the Chain of Rocks Bridge, due to the deployment of spike strips.
22-year-old Angel Crosby of Berkeley Missouri is charged with armed robbery and aggravated fleeing and eluding police. Court documents indicate she was the alleged driver of the car
20-year-old Jakiaya McCoy of St. Louis is charged with armed robbery.
Police say a gun was pulled on Best Buy employees in order to take Apple I-Pads and other electronics. One of the juveniles reportedly brandished the weapon.
Newport Dispatch – Local News – https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/missouri-women-lead-police-high-speed-chase-best-18557189.php
EDWARDSVILLE — Two Missouri women allegedly threatened an individual in Best Buy with use of force in robbing the store of multiple iPads and other electronics Thursday evening before leading police on a chase that sometimes reached speeds of 130 mph.
The suspects may have been involved in multiple previous crimes in the area, according to the Glen Carbon Police Department, which continues to investigate.
2 arrested after stealing vehicle from Fargo, leading deputies on pursuit in northeast N.D.– North Dakota
LAKOTA, N.D. (KFGO) – Two people are in jail after a pursuit in northeastern North Dakota Wednesday night.
According to the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, a call came into dispatch shortly after 11 p.m. for a reckless driver headed west on Highway 2 about 35 miles west of Grand Forks.
The caller was able to provide a license plate number, and law enforcement determined the vehicle was stolen from Fargo and entering Nelson County. There were no Nelson County deputies in the area so the Highway Patrol asked for help from Grand Forks County deputies who found the vehicle and tried to stop it.
The driver fled at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. When a deputy attempted a PIT maneuver as the driver tried to make a left turn, the driver continued to flee heading back east on Highway 2.
PICKAWAY COUNTY, Ohio — A high speed chase in Pickaway County ended after a brief standoff along route 23.
It happened at around 7:15 a.m. on Friday morning after a stolen car was spotted in Pickaway County. The Sheriff’s office and Highway Patrol engaged the stolen vehicle, whose driver was believed to have warrants.
The pursuit went up route 23 northbound into Franklin County. The vehicle was traveling at high speeds and was hit with spike strips on two occasions. The driver kept going on rims and the car started smoking.
UNION/UMATILLA COUNTIES – In a heart-pounding incident, Oregon State Police received a flurry of reports just before midnight on Monday, December 11 about a wrong-way driver careening down Interstate 84 outside Starkey. Witnesses described a vehicle heading westbound in the eastbound lanes with alarming speed, recklessly weaving between lanes.
Despite the hazardous conditions caused by dense fog and the late hour, OSP says reports continued to flood in about the dangerous situation. The vehicle finally corrected its course at Exit 234 past Meacham, only to maintain an excessive speed and swerving.
Troopers were unable to reach milepost 224 in time due to the challenging conditions and distance. However, other troopers deployed spike strips at the bottom of Cabbage Hill, puncturing the tires and forcing the vehicle to a stop by Milepost 216.
The driver, identified as Mark Daniel Johnson, a 31-year-old resident of Portland, was promptly taken into custody. Johnson faces charges of Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) – Alcohol.
Tuscola county chase – Michigan
Three suspicious men discovered at a marijuana grow operation in Tuscola County led law enforcement officers on a chase before their vehicle was disabled by spike strips and they were arrested.
According to a statement posted on social media by the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded around 4:13 a.m. Friday to reports of suspicious men on the property of a marijuana grow operation in Elmwood Township near Caro.
2 juveniles take officers from two states on 100+ mph chase across SC state line and back – South Carolina
Rock Hill Herald – https://www.heraldonline.com/news/article283056353.html
No one was hurt in the pursuit after two people in a Kia Sportage were apprehended before noon off Workman Street in eastern Rock Hill.
Rock Hill, SC
Two people are in custody after a Thursday morning police chase from South Carolina into North Carolina and back to Rock Hill that reached speeds over 100 miles per hour and involved a vehicle reported stolen, officials said.
No one was hurt in the pursuit after two people in the Kia Sportage were apprehended before noon off Workman Street in eastern Rock Hill, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office. The two persons are believed to be juveniles, Faris said. Charges they’ll face haven’t been released.
Two arrested in Nelson County after high-speed chase – North Dakota
https://www.valleynewslive.com – https://www.valleynewslive.com/2023/12/14/two-arrested-nelson-county-after-high-speed-chase/
NELSON COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live) – Two people are behind bars after a high-speed chase in Nelson County late Wednesday night.
Authorities received a call around 11 p.m. about a reckless driver on Hwy 2 in the Larimore area. They say the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Fargo.
The vehicle entered Nelson County, where authorities tried to pull the driver over. However, the driver took off, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.
Authorities were able to stop the driver with stop sticks. They arrested 28-year-old Claude Joseph Black of St. Michael and 34-year-old Sherilyn June Lohnes of Tokio.
TOWNSHIP OF BYRON (NBC 26) — A Milwaukee man is in jail in Fond du Lac County for leading a deputy on a 7-mile chase Thursday night.
Authorities say they tried stopping a driver on northbound Interstate 41 near Lost Arrow Road in the Township of Byron for failing to move over or slow down for an emergency vehicle.
The deputy says the driver sped up and started driving recklessly when they tried pulling him over.
More deputies used stop sticks to get the driver to stop south of the Johnson Street exit, and he got out of his vehicle and started running.
A murder suspect in Michigan was arrested in Illinois after a high-speed chase on Interstate 55.
On Wednesday, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were dispatched to a welfare check at the Avenue A Trailer Park, 1267 Avenue A in Springfield, Michigan.
After arriving deputies learned that a female inside the residence may have been injured and deputies forced entry. Deputies found a deceased 54-year-old female.
Deputies identified a 57-year-old person of interest who had prior contact with the victim. Law enforcement agencies were notified in the area and surrounding states.
Illinois State Police located a vehicle matching the person-of-interest description of driving in Bloomington, Ill.
Law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle however the person failed to stop and a pursuit occurred.
Blotter for Dec 15: man arrested after allegedly fleeing from second traffic stop of the night – Oregon
SALISBURY — A man was arrested after police say he fled from a second traffic stop on Interstate 85 just 20 minutes after being cited for driving while his license was revoked.
The second traffic stop was initiated just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday near exit 68 on the interstate. A deputy located on the ramp said that he noticed a black passenger vehicle driving southbound without any rear lights on, according to a spokesperson for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy then caught up to the car around the Old Beatty Ford Road exit ramp, at which point he noticed the vehicle change lanes in front of a tractor-trailer in an “unsafe manner,” the spokesperson said. The deputy then turned on his vehicle’s lights in an attempt to stop the black car, but the driver began to speed up in an alleged attempt to flee the stop.
The spokesperson said the driver began erratically changing lanes while continuing to speed up, continuously flashing his headlight high-beams in an attempt to get other drivers to move out of the way. The chase continued until the driver exited the interstate onto Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office successfully used stop sticks to stop a seven-mile chase of a woman suspected of stealing a car in Jacksonville.
Nichole Marie Downing, 40, of Jacksonville, was charged with grand theft auto, driving under the influence, attempting to flee from law enforcement with emergency lights and siren active and driving with a suspended license on Dec. 6 after a deputy noticed her weaving and driving 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit on U.S. Highway 17.
Believing she was either impaired or under the influence, the deputy tried to make a traffic stop. According to the arrest report, the deputy was alerted the car had been reported stolen as Downing sped on eight different streets in the downtown area to get away.
LOGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) – An Evansville man was charged Wednesday night after a vehicle pursuit in Logan County.
Isiah Fingers, 24, was charged with DUI, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer and first-degree fleeing or evading police.
Police reported that at 11:08 p.m. a Logan County Deputy was patrolling Bowling Green Road when he attempted to perform a traffic stop on a 2022 Dodge Ram TRX pick up truck.
The driver, later identified as Fingers, accelerated and continued east towards the Warren County line.
Another Logan County Deputy ahead of Fingers in the area deployed spike strips and deflated both front tires of the Dodge Ram.
Authorities say the suspect vehicle drove on the grass near Sullivan’s Castle Island in an attempt to escape before eventually hitting a spike strip, a gate and a police cruiser.
ARKER, Colo. (KKTV) – A woman from Aurora is facing a long list of serious charges following a chase through Parker while she was behind the wheel of a car stolen from Colorado Springs.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reporting multiple arrests in 24 hours Sunday into Monday involving stolen vehicles this week. Click here for more on the other arrests.
One of the arrests came Monday morning after 1. According to the sheriff’s office, Parker Police tried to stop a vehicle along Parker Road, but the driver refused to pull over. The suspect vehicle was a 2010 Nissan Rogue that was reported stolen out of Colorado Springs.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Johnny Mack Bryant, Jr., 37, was arrested Sunday night after allegedly trying to hit an officer with a stolen car and then fleeing across Gainesville before deputies deployed stop sticks on SE Hawthorne Road.
Gainesville Police Department officers reportedly located a stolen Hyundai Sonata in the area of Pineridge Apartments on NW 23rd Terrace and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle on NE 39th Avenue near Ironwood, but the driver, later identified as Bryant, allegedly refused to stop and drove through the Eden Park complex.
At about 10:45 p.m., an officer on foot in the apartment complex drew a gun and gave verbal commands to Bryant, but Bryant allegedly accelerated toward the officer, who narrowly dodged the car.
A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy assisted an Elgin Police Department (EPD) officer in a vehicle pursuit involving a man suspected of being DUI on a backhoe on Dec. 2. The deputy, who was traveling on White Pond Road, responded after hearing the officer’s request for help. They said to meet with him and the suspect at a liquor store on Rose Street in Elgin. The EPD officer also reported that it appeared the man was possibly intoxicated and was the store with a possibly stolen backhoe.
By the time the deputy reached the liquor store, the deputy found that both the officer and backhoe were gone, and soon learned that the Elgin officer was pursuing the suspect on the backhoe toward Church Street. When the deputy caught up, both officers went around the backhoe in an effort to deploy spike strips. However, the man managed to maneuver around the stripes and, as he passed the deputy, threw his hands in the air yelling, “I’m taking it back!”
GARBER, Okla. —
A multi-county chase came to an end in Garber on Monday morning.
Sky 5 was the only news helicopter over the scene. It started around 5 a.m. on Monday off of Meridian Avenue and Southwest 15th Street.
Police said a black truck was stolen and police deployed spike strips to pop the tires. Sky 5 followed the chase from Oklahoma City through Logan County and all the way to Garber.
When the truck stopped, police surrounded the vehicle and the suspect got out. Police said the suspect stole the truck from a hotel in OKC while the owner was loading up their bags. Speeds only reached about 75 miles per hour at one point and the chase lasted over an hour. The suspect is in custody, but it is unclear what the charges will be at this time.
A driver is behind bars after she led police on a chase that began in North Mankato and reached speeds of up to 110 mph last week.
Stephanie Deborah Renee Williams, 30, of Mankato, was eventually arrested in Watonwan County and is currently in custody in the Blue Earth County Jail.
North Mankato police performed a traffic stop on Dec 8 shortly after 11 p.m. on a vehicle that was going 50 mph on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.
As the officer approached the vehicle, Williams fled northbound, disregarding several stop signs and reaching speeds of 75 mph, according to a press release from Police Chief Ross Gullickson.
FHP: Woman sings gospel songs, urinates on herself after DUI arrest following Florida Keys police chase – Florida
Pickaway County – A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to prison after taking local Law Enforcement on a high-speed chase of over 115 MPH.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, they attempted a traffic stop on a black Toyota around the area of milepost 11 on US-23 Southbound. Initially, the driver stopped but then took off heading southbound. The post reported that the vehicle then did a U-turn in the median around the area of the Pickaway Sheriff’s office and then put the pedal to the metal.
OSP reported speeds of over 115 MPH, and during the chase asked for spike strips in the Northbound lane. Pickaway Sheriff’s department was in position and was able to successfully spike strip a front driver’s side tire. The driver continued through South Bloomfield at high speeds and it wasn’t until his front tire started to break down that he decided to stop.
Once stopped OSP initialed a felony stop and 23-year-old Keon’ta Whitney was arrested. In his possession, Whitney had a loaded handgun.
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DUMAS, Texas (KVII) — A high speed police chase of three suspects wanted for a home invasion in Amarillo ended in Dumas with spike strips and a pit maneuver.
Around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Amarillo police sere called to the 3100 block of Redwood Street in response to a home invasion robbery/shooting.
Several family members had been restrained and assaulted by three suspects who police said “stole personal items from the residence.”
When another family member arrived at the house, the suspects took off in a black SUV.
Another family member followed the suspects in a silver Chevrolet pickup.
The suspects fired shots at the pickup, according to Amarillo police .
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