Thursday, August 31, 2017

Joplin police incidents include arrest of drug traffickers, corralling of runway, driverless car

(From Joplin Police Department)

Incident Spotlight

(We couldn't pick just one today, so here are three)

Yesterday evening at 4:34 p.m. one of our officers stopped a vehicle at 12th and Joplin for an equipment violation. 

The driver drove a couple of blocks before stopping. The 30-year-old female driver was arrested for being in possession of 20 prescription pills, paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. The front seat passenger was arrested for a Jasper County warrant. The back seat passenger gave a false name and had a warrant.

Last night at 11:57 p.m, our officers stopped a vehicle at 34th and Main that left a known drug house earlier. With the use of a police K9, 31 grams of meth was discovered concealed in the vehicle door. A 44-year-old male and 23-year-old female were arrested for first degree trafficking in drugs.

This morning at 2:35 a.m. one of our officers tried to stop a vehicle at 8th and Byers for an expired temp tag. 

The vehicle sped away westbound on began running stop signs northbound. Officers didn't pursue do to the minor violation and dangerous driving. A few minutes later, officers found the vehicle rolling across 4th Street unoccupied with the back door open. The vehicle continued northbound off road across the empty lot headed towards the apartment complex at 3rd and Byers. 

An officer was able to leave her police car and apply the brake of the runaway car before it could hit anything. Several juveniles were located in the area and the case is under investigation.

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