An Independence man was charged in Ray County after three law enforcement agencies teamed up Sunday to apprehend suspects wanted in Independence on drug and traffic charges.
The incident started near Missouri 291 and Salisbury Road in Independence Sunday afternoon, according to police spokesman Tom Gentry. An officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, but the driver sped away and a passenger began tossing out baggies that contained a white powdery substance, Gentry said.
The pursuit went north on Missouri 291 to Missouri 210 and then east toward Ray County, where the Ray County Sheriff’s Office took over about 4 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol joined in to help, placing stop sticks in the road, which flattened tires on the suspects’ Chevrolet Malibu.
According to documents from the Ray County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle continue on until it ran through a barbed wire fence near a residence on Missouri 10 near Richmond, and the suspects abandoned their disabled vehicle. The male driver and a female passenger were taken into custody and turned over to Independence officers. Gentry said the man was born in 1994 and a woman born in 1988.
The second man ran off through a field and a wooded area to another residence, where he took a Jeep Liberty from a woman at gunpoint. Ray County deputies and Highway Patrol troopers found the Jeep near Henrietta and chased it until it ran over more stop sticks and into a corn field. The suspect was found in a ditch.
That man was identified as Jesse James Jones, of Independence, born in 1994. He is charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor: first-degree robbery, armed criminal action, tampering with a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. A cash only bond of $100,000 with special bond conditions was set.
(Ray County Sheriff’s information appeared on the KMZU radio website.)