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A police pursuit involving a stolen vehicle from Jefferson County ended with a crash and two arrests Monday evening on U.S. 67 near Doubet Road.

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said at 5:54 p.m. a vehicle was called in as a possible stolen Dodge Challenger from Jefferson County.

“We still don’t know who called it in, but they saw it at BP gas station and they noticed it because it was on Facebook,” said Calvert. “They called Central Dispatch and the officer found and confirmed the vehicle was stolen out of Jefferson County.”

Calvert added his officer and a county deputy got behind the vehicle on Benham Street and turned on their lights and sirens. Before they topped the hill by the BP gas station the car took off.

“It was a white Dodge Challenger and they failed to yield, turning south on U.S. 67,” said Calvert. “Other agencies south of us were notified and Central closed the channel. Desloge assisted in the pursuit and county was right behind our officer. I don’t know how many units they used.”

Calvert wasn’t sure what other agencies may have assisted.

“They chased the car and somebody, possibly a state trooper, set up spike strips in Farmington,” Calvert said. “I told my officer to terminate at the county line, because speeds were getting too high and they were approaching the Madison County line. Also if they took Karsch Blvd. ... because I didn’t want them chasing a car with the stoplights.”

Calvert said the Challenger continued south on U.S. 67 and spun out and ran into the cables at Doubet Road. He said nobody was hurt.

Calvert added a woman, identified as Cassandra Beck, 30, of Crystal City, was wanted on several felony warrants out of Jefferson County. He said they also arrested a man, David Rosenzweig, 34, of St. Louis, who had warrants out of Festus.

“She resisted at the scene and they didn’t tase her or anything, they just cuffed her,” said Calvert. “She didn’t want to go and they found drugs on her and in the car as well. They found what we believe to methamphetamine and marijuana.”

Calvert said after she was taken to the county jail she complained of shoulder pain. She was released and taken to Parkland Health Center where she was checked out.

“She was given a 'fit for confinement' and was taken to the St. Francois County Jail where she is housed at his time,” said Calvert. “She is being held on the felony warrants and I am sure Jefferson County will come get her at some point.”

Calvert said as far as the stolen Challenger, it will held at the tow company until the reporting police agency processes it or releases it. He said the car has damage to the rear back bumper. 

Calvert said they will be seeking charges through the state for tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, careless and imprudent driving, speeding and more.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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