Stop Stick News: Top 10 News Stories 05/21/24 – Stolen Vehicles, Recovered Drugs, Stolen Firearms, and More

May 21, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Four teenagers from Buffalo are facing charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase with a stolen vehicle, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 7, a little after midnight, a Genesee County deputy tried to make a traffic stop with a Kia Forte at the Batavia Thruway entrance. During the stop, the deputy says the car sped off and headed east on the Thruway.

Authorities then discovered that the Kia Forte had been reported stolen from the Town of Eden.

Deputies say the Kia eventually tried to get off the Thruway at the Le Roy exit and attempted to go east on Route 490 but was stopped by spike strips that were set up by law enforcement.

The girl who was allegedly driving the vehicle and a passenger took off running, deputies say. They were caught after a brief foot chase.

Another passenger was reportedly caught trying to hide in a ditch near the stolen vehicle.



2. Couple hauling $3M in cocaine killed in shootout with Texas police after tractor-trailer chase – Texas

A Tennessee couple hauling $3 million worth of cocaine was killed in a shootout with police after a dangerous tractor-trailer chase in west Texas, authorities said Monday.

Edward and Elizabeth Stevenson, of Cookeville, Tenn., were driving the truck on Texas State Highway 70 in Donley County when law enforcement tried to pull them over, Amarillo CBS affiliate KFDA reported.

But the couple continued driving, leading authorities on an unconventional chase as they approached Interstate 40.

As the Stevensons’ tractor-trailer exited Highway 70 to enter the interstate, police used a spike strip to disable the vehicle, according to KFDA.

Cops said the Stevensons then hopped out and opened fire on police, KFDA reported. Officers killed them in the shootout.

Authorities had been investigating the Stevensons for some time, the Putnam County, Tenn. sheriff’s office said in a statement. Agents organized a series of undercover drug purchases from the couple and raided their home on May 9.

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FOUNTAIN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — An Illinois man is accused of leading police on a long pursuit in Fountain and Montgomery counties.

A press release from Indiana State Police says the chase started just after midnight Monday at the 20 mile marker on I-74 in Fountain County.

A trooper tried to pull over Lysirick Miller, 19, Decatur, Illinois, for speeding. However, he drove eastbound on the interstate in an attempt to get away from police.

The chase continued on I-74, and the Crawfordsville Police Department used spike strips around the 33 mile marker. Miller’s car came to a stop on the U.S. 231 exit ramp after his tires went flat.




4. 3 face charges after alleged robbery and police chase in Whitehorse – Canada

RCMP in Whitehorse say three people are facing charges after an alleged vehicle theft and armed robbery that led to a police chase in the Granger neighbourhood on Monday afternoon.In a news release on Tuesday, police said a vehicle was stolen from a business on Range Road early Monday afternoon, and driven off “at a high rate of speed.”Police later got a call about an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store in Porter Creek, involving the stolen vehicle. They say two armed and masked people demanded cash at the store while a third masked person stood outside.

They then fled in the stolen vehicle, RCMP say.

“The stolen truck left and drove around Whitehorse at dangerously high speeds with complete disregard for the public, nearly causing numerous collisions around Whitehorse,” reads the news release.

Police used a spike belt on the road and the vehicle was finally “disabled” by police on Hamilton Boulevard. One person was arrested and the other fled on foot, into the Granger neighbourhood. A police dog helped track the suspect to a nearby residence, where they were also arrested.



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6. Colorado Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm – Colorado

A Colorado man was arrested by Wyoming Highway Patrol after fleeing from a traffic stop on Interstate 25 in Converse County.

After a dangerous high speed chase, 44-year-old Jared Trent Dozier’s vehicle was eventually stopped by a tactical vehicle interception and stop sticks.

During a search of his vehicle, troopers found narcotics, stolen mail, and a loaded Walther PK380 handgun in a holster next to the driver’s seat.

Dozier pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 20 and U.S> District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson imposed the sentence on Monday, May 13.

Dozier was given three years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This crime was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paige Hammer.



7. Milwaukee police pursuit, driver arrested; drugs, ‘ghost gun’ found – Wisconsin

A Milwaukee man faces several felony charges after prosecutors say he led police on a chase that lasted for more than an hour.

And following the execution of a search warrant at a storage locker he was renting, drugs and a ‘ghost gun’ were also discovered.

44-year-old Deonte Riley faces the following charges:

  • 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle to Flee, or in an Attempt to Elude an Officer
  • Two Counts: Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun or Short-Barreled Rifle
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance: THC

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9. Sheriff’s helicopter tracks down reckless driver tearing through Spokane Valley roads – Washington

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10. 2 Drivers arrested for wrong-way interstate driving on Wednesday – Vermont

In two separate incidents on Wednesday, police arrested drivers who were reportedly driving the wrong way on Vermont’s interstates, and in one case police needed spike strips to stop them.

Police say Daniel Bartlett, 79, from Swanton, was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-89 between Exit 21 and 20 in St. Albans around 11:20 a.m. Bartlett was cited to appear in court on Jul. 15 for a charge of careless and negligent operation. Police say drugs or alcohol were not a factor.

The second reported wrong-way driver was on I-91 in Lyondonville. According to police, Sue Stuart, 79, from Monroe, NH, was driving south in the northbound lanes. The Lyndonville Police Department had to use spike strips to get Stuart to stop just south of Exit 23. She’s scheduled to be in court on July 8 in St. Johnsbury for charges of gross negligent operation, and reckless endangerment.

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