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Pursuit ends in drug bust

By Lucas Lord

Two Tennesseans from Memphis led Harrisonville police on a high-speed pursuit March 13 through the city after refusing to pull over.

According to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:17 p.m., deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle near Route M-7 and Walker Road after observing a vehicle moving through traffic at a high rate of speed.

After refusing to stop, the driver led police through the city streets of Harrisonville before returning to the interstate. Sheriff’s deputies, with the help of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, were able to successfully stop the car after deploying a tire deflation device along I-49 just south of Peculiar, according to the release.

The vehicle exited the interstate at J Highway where it became disabled after striking a curb. Soon afterward, a male passenger was observed dropping large amounts of cash off the side of the highway.

In total, officers recovered $34,924 after apprehending the passenger who led police on a short foot pursuit. According to the release, the car was also found to be full of what appeared to be methamphetamine and fentanyl along with several other controlled substances.

According to the press release, the driver, identified as Tairnika L. Collins, 33, was charged with felony resisting arrest by fleeing creating substantial risk of serious injury or death. Here bond was set at $5,000 cash only.

The passenger was identified as James E. Wells, 30, and was charged with pos-session of a controlled substance. He was jailed and his bond was set at $7,500 cash only.

Both subjects posted bail early Tuesday morning. Both are scheduled to appear in court May 5 before Judge Michael Rumley.

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