Cape Girardeau Police Chase Man into Southern Illinois

Cape Girardeau police were involved in a chase Monday morning that ended in Alexander County, Illinois. The man who led police on the chase was identified as Tyler Ford. He was charged in an arrest warrant from Cape Girardeau County for possession of a controlled substance and resisting a lawful stop and his bond was set at $10,000 cash only. He is being held at the Pulaski County Detention Center. The chase began after officers attempted to stop a driver shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Broadway Street near Caruthers Avenue. Court documents reveal that Ford fled from officers for about six miles and reached speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour before crossing into Illinois over the Bill Emerson Bridge. When he crossed into Illinois, he drove off of the roadway on Route 146 near Gerard Street., just before Route 3 T, he abandoned the vehicle and took off running. Court documents reveal he threw off a white jacket he was wearing and fled into a drainage canal and across a flooded field. The officer was unable to cross the canal. While searching the jacket, officers say they found a small bag inside that contained about 25 grams of a white substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police say there was also a black scale and multiple clear baggies in the center console of the vehicle. Court documents reveal that the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department told Cape Girardeau officers Ford was in custody.


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