Pursuit and Drug Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Jan. 28, 2008
At approximately 35 minutes after midnight on Jan. 27, 2008, a Pulaski County deputy on routine patrol noticed a vehicle traveling east on I-44 from the 145mm that had improper taillights. When the deputy got behind the vehicle he saw that the car was crossing over the centerline and driving off the right edge line. As the vehicle reached the Buckhorn overpass and exited onto the ramp the deputy turned on his overhead emergency light to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop.
The vehicle began to run stop signs, make turns without signals, and continued to refuse to stop. The chase continued onto the outer road, Richland road and finally onto Roscoe Road. The vehicle stopped in the driveway of 25580 Roscoe Road. The driver exited the vehicle and began to run away from the car. Following a short foot pursuit the Deputy was able to catch the driver and attempt to arrest him. A struggle started that was complicated by the actions of a female passenger from the vehicle who attempted to interfere with the arrest. The deputy was able to complete the arrest of the driver after the use of a chemical spray. Responding backup officers took the female passenger into custody.
During the incident the deputy had watched both people in the car throw items into the grass or under another vehicle in the driveway. These discarded items proved to be small plastic bags containing methamphetamine, marijuana, and morphine sulfate pills. In addition other drug paraphernalia devices were located. Additional drugs were found during a search of the vehicle.
A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor requesting charges from this incident. One count of possession of a controlled substance was filed on each of the people in the vehicle. Warrants were issued for both subjects.
The persons charged in this incident were; Tony J. Trotter, age 48, of 25580 Roscoe Lane, Waynesville, Mo. and Cynthia R. Kelley, age 32, of 25580 Roscoe Lane, Waynesville, Mo. Judge Colin Long sent an appearance bond on the charge of drug possession for both subjects at $50,000.00 cash. Both are currently held in the Pulaski County Jail.