A woman from Meta pleaded guilty to charges she faced in connection with a chase with Cole County authorities in January.
During a hearing before Cole County Judge Cotton Walker, Danica Poston, 38, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors amended the charge down from delivery of a controlled substance. For her plea, she was placed on five years supervised probation, and as part of that probation, she must successfully complete the alternative court program.
Poston also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest and was placed on two years unsupervised probation. She must also successfully complete a treatment program or could face up to a year in the Cole County Jail.
Misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property were dismissed by prosecutors against Poston.
Also charged in this case is Christopher Killion, 31, of Russellville. He is charged with felony counts of resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia. His case is set to be heard before Cole County Judge Dan Green in January.
Killion and Poston were identified by authorities as having been involved in thefts in Cole County, and their descriptions were given to officers so they could be on the lookout for them, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements.
One officer reportedly noticed a vehicle Killion and Poston had been seen driving in the 200 block of North Lincoln Street. When the officer went up to the vehicle, Killion and Poston were inside, but both fled. Killion reportedly went through multiple backyards before he was arrested on South Lincoln Street. Poston had fled to the back of a residence on North Lincoln Street and was later found hiding under the house.
Killion and Poston were reported to have told authorities they ran because they knew they had warrants out for their arrests.
Officers later recovered a black bag they said contained a digital scale, glass pipe, syringe and two separate bags of a white crystal substance. Also found in the bag was a rental agreement with Poston's name on it. When questioned, authorities said, Poston admitted to using methamphetamine.
A Cole County deputy was called to the scene and reportedly confirmed other property found in the vehicle was connected to theft investigations in the county.