Police Arrest Two after Police Chase

Two females were arrested after leading Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers on a vehicle pursuit Thursday. Police were s dispatched to All Star Auto, 1205 E. Malone, Thursday at approximately 11:15 a.m. Thursday in reference to fraud. Officers were given a check and told it was fraudulent by The Bank of Herrin. The bank confirmed the checking account was closed on Sept. 4, 2019. Jesika N. Butler, 29, was trying to pass the check, and the bank stated she used the account number to order checks and was not the owner of the checking account. Butler signed the check to purchase a vehicle at All Star Auto for $8,999. Butler had completed all the paperwork to purchase the vehicle. The officer instructed Butler to sit at a desk while he spoke with the bank in reference to the check. Butler then left the dealership in a white Chevy Malibu. The officer attempted to open the door and remove Butler, but the car drove away while the officer was still holding on to the door handle. The officer let go of the handle for fear of being injured. The vehicle, driven by Germyrha Crook, 25, then led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit, beginning at the intersection of Linn and North Ingram. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a gas main at US Highway 61 and County Road 450.After the accident, there was a 10-month old child discovered in the vehicle; both suspects were taken into custody without incident.Highway 61 was shut down for a short time while the gas to the main was turned off. The gas main damaged during the pursuit was owned by Liberty Utilities, and the cost to repair the main is approximately $10,000.Officials say during a search of Butler, a white crystal substance was located in her right pants. The substance weighed one gram and was later field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, a printer, numerous checkbooks belonging to other individuals, and numerous blank checks were found. There was also a black purse located in the back seat with two baggies of a white crystal substance that later weighed 25 grams. The substance later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Officers also located two yellow pills identified as alpraxolam, a Schedule IV narcotic. Crook is charged with possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk in the first degree, forgery, property damage in the first degree, and resisting arrest/detention by fleeing-creating a substantial risk of injury/death to any person. Bond for Crook is $50,000 in cash or surety. Butler is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a forging instrument, endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk in the first degree, forgery, and resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony.



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