Tri-County firefighters assist state troopers with a rollover wreck following a Thursday night car chase. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Darling Williams)
RICHLAND, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — One woman is under arrest, one car was totaled, and one fugitive is on the loose following a wild police chase Thursday night through multiple counties at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The chase ended in Richland after Ashley L. Suggett, 28, of Jefferson City totaled her car but suffered only minor injuries at the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 133.
Sheriff Ron Long said Suggett is now in the Pulaski County Jail pending multiple felony charges.
Vernon Dale Parker, Jr., 32, is still at large. He is wanted for fleeing law enforcement last night, and for multiple additional felonies.
Suggett was originally transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon for treatment of injuries which, despite being in a rollover wreck and despite not wearing her seat belt, were described as minor by Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.
The wreck south of Richland happened when she lost control of a 2002 Chevrolet Impala at 9:54 p.m., ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. Her vehicle was removed by Jack's Towing.
However, that crash happened after more than two hours of leading law enforcement personnel on a chase through rural Camden County as well as areas near Richland, Swedeborg and Crocker.
"Operating her vehicle in a dangerous and reckless manner" is the phrase used by Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long to describe Suggett's driving.
That's mild language by Long, considering that he and Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel were both targets of Suggett's driving, in which she "was also involved in several collisions and made an attempt to ram the Sheriff and Crocker Police Chief with her vehicle."
The incident began at 7:50 p.m., Ron Long said, when Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies and St. Robert police detectives tried to assist Crocker police with a search warrant at the 28000 grid of Bear Road, which is east of Richland.
Suggett drove up to the address while officers were on the scene and took off fleeing in the Chevy Impala.
Here's a link to a live blog of the two-hour police chase, in which officers lost sight of Suggett several times as she raced through rural Pulaski and Camden counties: https://www.facebook.com/darrellmaurina/posts/10203087274836304
The chase finally ended at 9:54 p.m. when Suggett rolled her car at the junction of Highway 133 and Highway 7 south of Richland.
Witnesses said Suggett's tires were smoking; Richland police had previously succeeded in using spike strips to puncture some but apparently not all of Suggett's tires.
However, police found only one person in the car -- Suggett.
A second man being sought in connection with multiple weapons-related felonies in two counties, who had been believed to be with Suggett, has not yet been located.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m., a Swedeborg resident called police to report dogs going crazy" in Swedeborg near a location where a vehicle stopped and took off at a high rate of speed during the pursuit.
Deputies went to that residence in the Swedeborg area and searched for an extended period.
During the pursuit, deputies announced over the police radio -- which is often monitored by criminals -- that if anyone bailed on foot during the car chase, they would release police search dogs.
Law enforcement have announced a stop-and-hold request to area police for a while male, Vernon Dale Parker, Jr., 32, with brown hair and hazel eyes, who is possibly driving a black truck with a white hood, but the make and model are unknown. He is wanted for fleeing law enforcement last night, and for multiple additional felonies.
Click here for a link to Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long's official announcement.
Click here for a mugshot of the person being sought in connection with last night's incident.
Click here for a link to a live blog of the police chase with comments.
Click here for a link to followup coverage and comments.
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