Two arrested after chase through Callaway County

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Hazel R. Benton

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Deric W. Farley

A car chase from Fulton to Hams Prairie ended with a Holts Summit woman and Portland man in custody Monday afternoon.

According to a release from the Fulton Police Department, an officer allegedly observed a Ford Explorer with an equipment violation and ran its license plate at about 1:20 p.m. Monday, and found the vehicle was reported stolen out of Centralia earlier that day.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which allegedly failed to yield and led law enforcement on a pursuit from Fulton to Hams Prairie on County Road 409 before crashing into a tree.

The two occupants of the vehicle allegedly fled into a field at that time before being found a short time later. The driver, Hazel R. Benton, 26 of Holts Summit, was arrested for first degree tampering with a vehicle, resisting arrest for a felony, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked. She also had two warrants out of Cole and Maries counties.

Her passenger, 29-year-old Deric W. Farley of Portland, was arrested for second degree tampering with a vehicle and resisting arrest.

Benton was transported to the Callaway County Jail on a $12,500 bond.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit.

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