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Three arrested after Independence County vehicle chase

Three people were arrested last Wednesday, Feb. 20, after an Independence County deputy chased down their vehicle to a residence at 160 Dry Run Circle, west of Batesville in the Ruddell Hill area.

The Independence County Circuit Court information reports the incident started as Dep. Zach Spohr began a stop on a suspicious vehicle which led to a chase with the vehicle going into the Dry Run Circle area of Ruddell Hill where it stopped behind the residence.

The driver, later identified as Myron T. Smith, 54, came out of the vehicle and began to approach in an aggravated manner before he stumbled to his knees, according to the court info. Spohr rushed to him and was able to place him on the ground and put him in hand restraints, the documents note.

Court records say two females remained in the vehicle as other deputies arrived to assist. Chief Deputy Aaron Moody placed a female sitting in the passenger side front seat, identified as Amber Latrice Jones, 26, on the ground for handcuffs as a precaution after a handgun and a package had been seen by Spohr thrown from the vehicle’s front passenger window before the vehicle stopped.

Jones refused to place her hands behind her back and had to be tased twice before she complied, the court documents note.

The other female, backseat passenger Cholena Christina Hardaway, 25, was taken into custody without resistance by Cpl. Gary Franks, according to officials.

A search was made in the area where articles were thrown from the vehicle with a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver, a plastic bag containing marijuana, numerous Alprazolam pills, and a plastic bag containing a white rock-like substance which field-tested positive as cocaine all being found.

Inside the vehicle, and in a purse belonging to Hardaway, authorities found four different-colored pills, suspected to be Ecstasy, as well as a package of marijuana.

In all, four illegal drugs were confiscated as evidence along with a handgun.

Among the charges against the three are: possession of cocaine with the purpose to deliver; possession of Alprazolam with the purpose to deliver; possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver; simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm; being a felon in possession of a firearm (Jones only); and resisting arrest (Smith and Jones).

In addition, Jones is being tried as a habitual offender, having previously been convicted of four or more felonies.

Hardaway was placed on a $25,000 bond, Smith on a $50,000 bond, and Jones on a $75,000 bond.

All are in jail awaiting Independence County Circuit Court appearances.


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