A Holts Summit man and woman face multiple criminal charges after a chase with authorities Thursday in Cole and Moniteau counties.
Dakota Wilcox, 20, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting a lawful stop, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree property damage, careless and imprudent driving, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked.
Kimberly Carver, 21, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
A deputy saw Wilcox allegedly leaving a known narcotics residence near the intersection of Shadow Court and Westview Drive, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement. He reportedly had his left turn signal on, but when he noticed the deputy's marked vehicle, Wilcox turned right and failed to stop at the intersection. The deputy activated his emergency lights, Wilcox failed to stop, and the pursuit began.
During the pursuit, speeds reached 90 mph in residential neighborhoods, and Wilcox allegedly went through several stop signs and signals.
Deputies with the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office were notified of the pursuit, which by then was going west on U.S. 50. Moniteau County deputies went to Route K and deployed spike strips. As Wilcox approached Route K, he crossed into the median and then began traveling back east on U.S. 50 toward Cole County with authorities in pursuit.
Just west of Wieneke Branch Road, Wilcox ran off the right side of the road and attempted to flee up a large grass embankment, eventually hitting a fence and coming to a stop. The property owner estimated Wilcox caused $1,000 in damage.
Wilcox fled the scene on foot but was taken into custody about 250 feet from the vehicle. Carver stayed in the vehicle and was taken into custody.
Deputies went through Wilcox's vehicle and reportedly found several empty bags that tested positive for methamphetamine on the floorboards along with a pipe that could be used for smoking methamphetamine.
When questioned, Wilcox reportedly said he fled because he did not have a driver's license and there was methamphetamine in the vehicle. Wilcox also allegedly admitted to throwing a bag with methamphetamine out his window during the pursuit. He also said he had eaten some of the drugs in an effort to keep authorities from finding it.
During her questioning, Carver said she had told Wilcox to stop the vehicle, but Wilcox said she had never said this to him. Carver also reportedly said she didn't feel she needed to contact authorities on her cellphone because she knew Wilcox wouldn't pull over.