A Kansas City woman led law enforcement agencies Sunday on a high-speed chase that exceeded 100 mph from St. James to Pulaski County that ended in a crash and her arrest.
According to a press release from the St. James Police Department, a St. James police officer initiated a traffic stop around 1:50 p.m. May 19 at the 195 mile marker of Interstate 44 on a 2001 Hyundai Sonata for speeding and having no visible front license plate.
Police say the driver, Samantha Jo Stang, 25, of Kansas City, was allegedly traveling around 91 mph before she was stopped.
After the vehicle stopped and as officers approached, the vehicle fled westbound on the interstate.
The officers pursued the car and shortly after, they were notified the license plate attached to the vehicle was stolen and noticed that a passenger, later identified as Curtis Allan Wilkin, 27, of Belton, in the vehicle threw an item out the window.
A deputy from the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit at the 185 mile marker.
At 2:15 p.m., at the 161 mile marker, the Sonata struck a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze in the rear causing that vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a median cable barrier.
The Sonata then traveled off the right side of the interstate, striking a guardrail where it later caught fire.
The crash resulted in moderate injuries to the driver of the Cruze, who was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center by Pulaski County Ambulance. The accident is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I.
Stang was arrested and incarcerated at the Phelps County Jail, pending a warrant application for driving while intoxicated with drugs, resisting arrest by fleeing, property damage in the first degree, possession of controlled substance, receiving stolen property and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.
Wilkin was arrested and incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail for a capias parole violation warrant from Kansas City. He is also being charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting or interfering with arrest.
The pursuit lasted about 25 minutes and traversed about 34 miles, with the suspect vehicle exceeding 100 mph.
The St. James Police Department was assisted by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Rolla Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Newburg Police Department and the St. Robert Police Department during the pursuit.
The case has been referred to the Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Stang is being held on a $50,000 bond and Wilkin’s bond is set at $25,000.