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story.lead_photo.caption Damien Rotter

A man and woman from Holts Summit have been charged following a pursuit in April with Jefferson City police.

Damien Rotter, 23, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting a lawful stop and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tori Wells, 22, is charged with tampering with physical evidence.

An officer spotted Rotter on April 18 driving on Missouri Boulevard and Wells was his passenger, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements. A check of computer records showed Rotter had an outstanding warrant for being a parole absconder. The officer was also told Rotter was reportedly in possession of a handgun and bulletproof vest.

The officer attempted to stop Rotter for having broken taillights at the intersection of Buena Vista and Edmonds streets, but Rotter sped off.

Rotter eventually exited Woodcliff Drive onto Southwest Boulevard, where he lost control and crashed his vehicle.

Rotter tried to run from the scene, but a police dog took Rotter down, and he was taken into custody.

Officers reportedly searched Rotter and found he was in possession of a bag methamphetamine. A search of his vehicle allegedly turned up a car stereo that had been reported stolen. Officers did not find the gun or the bulletproof vest.

The next day, authorities were called to the 1000 block of Dulle Street, where a woman had found a handgun in her yard. Officers determined this was on the route Rotter had taken during the pursuit.

A review of dash cam video taken during the pursuit showed the gun leaving the passenger side of the vehicle, hitting the street and going into the yard where it was later located.

Wells had called police about retrieving contents from the vehicle. She was questioned and reportedly admitted to throwing the gun out at Rotter's request.

Court records show Rotter failed to report to his parole officer resulting in a parole absconder warrant being issued for him. It was the second time he had been involved in a pursuit with Jefferson City police.

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