3 area men charged after high-speed chase

Three Russellville men have been charged in connection with a high-speed chase Tuesday.

According to court documents, William Crabtree, 19, is charged with resisting arrest, Chancelor Crabtree, 21, is charged with hindering prosecution and Ronnie Arney, 60, is charged with hindering prosecution.

Probable cause statements from the Cole County Sheriff’s Department show that around 1:45 p.m. a deputy was attempting to stop William Crabtree in the 5000 block of Route C.

Crabtree drove on the wrong side of C on a blind curve at a speed of at least 100 mph. He passed numerous vehicles in no-passing zones and went into two ditches on East Lohman Road.

Crabtree got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, eluding authorities.

On Wednesday, deputies went to Crabtree’s mother’s residence at 5000 Noree Street in Russellville. They had information that Crabtree had been in the residence, but had fled into some woods behind the house.

Deputies talked to Crabtree’s mother, who eventually gave permission for deputies to search the residence, but nothing was found.

Shortly after this, another deputy who had stayed in the wooded tree line area notified other deputies that he saw Crabtree go back in the house through a rear entrance.

The other deputies got back to the scene and again asked to search the residence.

There a group of people, including Arney and Chancelor Crabtree. came onto the front porch.

Arney told deputies they couldn’t go in, and Chancelor Crabtree said he had not seen William Crabtree inside the home.

Arney told deputies they needed a search warrant to enter the residence, but deputies explained that Arney knew William Crabtree had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was seen going into the home through a back door, therefore deputies didn’t need a search warrant.

Eventually deputies did go inside and found William Crabtree in a back room of the residence where he was hiding under a baby bed.


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