July 12, 2007

High-Speed Chase Lands Teens In Jail

Two Schuyler County teens are in custody following a lengthy car chase that at times exceeded 100 miles per hour. The highspeed pursuit ended just before midnight Saturday evening with a pair of suspects temporarily eluding law enforcement officers.

The incident began on the Memphis city square at 11:09 p.m. on July 7th when a Scotland County Sheriffs deputy witnessed an attempted assault. The officer saw an individual wielding a shovel in a threatening manner. As he approached the scene the two suspects entered a gray 1996 Oldsmobile and fled the scene.

The officer initiated a pursuit, following the car east off the square down Madison Street and ultimately down a gravel road near the cemetery. The chase entered Highway 136 eastbound before turning south on Route U toward Gorin. The vehicle traveled via county gravel roads south and west before entering Highway 15 and ultimately Route D.

After the deputy was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle, the order was given to terminate the chase if the safety conditions worsened. The pursuit continued on Route D into Schuyler County before the vehicle finally eluded the officer westbound on Route E.

Officers from the Memphis Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Sheriffs Department in the pursuit.

A Memphis City Police Department car reportedly was damaged during the pursuit when it ran off the roadway because of the dust cloud created by the traffic on the gravel road.

On July 8th, Skyler R. Wheeler, 18, of Queen City and Talon Poe, 18, of Downing, turned themselves in to law enforcement officials. Poe is being held in the Scotland County Jail while Wheeler is being housed in the Clark County Jail.

Wheeler, who allegedly was driving the car, faces two charges of class D felony interfering with an arrest in such a manner that it created a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death to others. The crimes were allegedly committed as the vehicle traveled in excess of 100 miles per hour and forced other vehicles off the roadway.

Poe faces misdemeanor assault charges stemming from his alleged actions on the square.

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