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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • UPDATE: Woman charged with assaulting multiple officers after high-speed chase

  • Charges have been filed against the Jefferson City woman who allegedly led police on a multi-county, high-speed chase last week.
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  • Charges have been filed against the Jefferson City woman who allegedly led police on a multi-county, high-speed chase last week.
    Ashley Suggett, 28, of Jefferson City, has been charged with three counts of assaulting an officer in the second degree, a class B felony, and resisting a lawful stop, a class D felony, for an incident that occurred on June 19.
    Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said the incident began early Thursday evening when Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies were assisting the Crocker Police Department with the execution of a search warrant in the 28000 Block of Bear Road, located east of Richland.
    While law officers were at the residence, Long said that officers then noticed a black Chvrolet Impala arrive at the residence. Court documents state that Suggett and another individual, later identified as 33-year-old Vernon Parker Jr. were suspects in numerous burglaries, robberies, and gun thefts in Pulaski, Camden and Miller counties. The two suspects were known to be seen driving the Impala.
    Court documents state that the vehicle immediately started fleeing at the sight of law enforcement vehicles, leading officers on a high-speed chase through Pulaski and Camden Counties, according to Long.
    Long said the pursuit initially began at 7:50 p.m. During this pursuit , Suggett allegedly operated her vehicle in a dangerous and reckless manner and reached speeds of 100 MPH on paved roadways and 70 MPH on gravel roads.
    Court documents state the vehicle Suggett was driving collided with a small calf, causing minor injuries to the animal, and continued to speed. Suggett allegedly lost control of the vehicle several times, causing her to spin into a ditch, but soon recovered and continued driving in the same reckless manner.
    During the pursuit, the Impala turned down a small jeep trail off the 16000 Block of Elm Grove Church, according to court documents. When the Impala reached a dead end, Suggett rapidly accelerated her vehicle in a head-on path toward several police vehicle, according to court documents.
    Court documents state that the officers involved would have received possible serious injuries if a collision occurred.
    Suggett was then able to elude police officers, according to court documents.
    The suspect’s car was later observed in Crocker, where a second pursuit was initiated when officers attempted to stop her.
    The chase continued through northern Pulaski County on Highway 133 until a Richland Police Officer deployed spike strips in front of Suggett’s vehicle, partially disabling it, according to Long.
    Long said Suggett continued driving the disabled vehicle west on Highway133 a short distance further, until she lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 7 in Richland. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report said the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert before overturning.
    Page 2 of 2 - Suggett was then arrested by Pulaski County Deputies, and was initially transported to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon to be treated with minor injuries.
    Suggett was released from the hospital early Friday morning and is now in custody in the Pulaski County Jail where she faces multiple felony charges.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol also assisted in the pursuit, along with investigating Suggett’s car accident.
    Sheriff Long said Suggett has not yet been charged with the previous theft charges she was originally wanted for. Officers are still searching for Parker, who is believed to be a suspect involved in multiple burglaries and robberies with Suggett.
    Suggett is currently in Pulaski County Jail with a $200,000 cash-only bond.
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