Couple arrested after car chase

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers process a vehicle following a brief car chase Monday afternoon in Sikeston. The driver, Cody Wilhite, 23, of Bossier City, La., and a passenger, Melissa Winchester 37, of Charleston were arrested and charged in the incident. (Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)

Driver led Sikeston DPS on short chace before crashing into tree on Murray Lane and running from the vehicle

SIKESTON -- A Louisiana man and Charleston woman are facing charges after a car chase Monday.

Cody Wilhite, 23, of Bossier City, La., is charged by New Madrid County Prosecutor Andrew Lawson with three misdemeanors: driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and resisting arrest by fleeing.

Melissa Winchester, 37, of Charleston, is facing two misdemeanor charges: driving while revoked and tampering with physical evidence.

The incident began at about 2:44 p.m. when Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers responded to report from SEMO Dental at 220 Southland Drive that a male was urinating in the parking lot next to a red Hyundai, according to DPS Capt. Bill Mygatt. A female passenger was also reported in the car.

En route to SEMO Dental, an officer reportedly saw a vehicle matching the description on Highway 61 and then observed the vehicle pulling onto a parking lot before returning to Highway 61 and heading north.

While following the vehicle, the officer reportedly saw the vehicle weaving between two lanes. The officer then attempted to pull over the vehicle with his emergency lights, Mygatt said.

The suspect vehicle accelerated away and then turned west on Murray Lane. After a few blocks the driver apparently attempted to turn south onto Patricia but slid into a tree at 305 E Murray Lane, according to Mygatt.

The driver exited the vehicle, running through several yards. He was tased as he went over a privacy fence, Mygatt reported.

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