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Traffic stop in Jefferson City leads to five arrests

by Joe Gamm | April 30, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

Police detained five people, including three juveniles, after a car chase that resulted in officers retrieving multiple firearms.

Jefferson City police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Malibu at 11:38 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of Edmonds Street, according to a Jefferson City Police Department news release.

However, the car failed to stop, and police chased it for about two blocks, when it suddenly stopped and the driver and a passenger jumped out. Two remaining occupants were taken into custody. Officers recovered two handguns from the car.

After the driver jumped out, the car rolled backward into a police vehicle, causing some damage, the release stated.

Officers on the scene said the driver carried a long gun as he ran from the car.

Multiple agencies assisted in creating a perimeter to locate the two fleeing suspects. Officers brought in their K9 Unit and their Drone Unit. As they entered the woodline, officers found an assault rifle and clothing consistent with that the driver had worn.

Officers were unable to find the suspects.

But a short time later, they saw a Chevrolet Tahoe circling the area. They stopped the SUV on a registration violation and found the two people who had fled the Malibu inside.

An additional handgun was located in the vehicle.

A 21-year-old Jefferson City man was taken to the Cole County Jail and awaits charges of unlawful use of a weapon, delivery or possession of controlled substances in a county jail or correctional center, giving false reports to authorities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 35-year-old female driver of the Tahoe is being held in the Cole County Jail awaiting charges she hindered prosecution.

She apparently drove from Columbia to pick up the two suspects who fled from the traffic stop, according to the release.

All three juveniles involved were taken to Prenger Family Juvenile Detention and Residential Care Center. They face charges of unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest and possession of narcotics, according to the release.

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