This article is compiled from reports issued by the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office.
Early Thursday morning, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a pursuit with a motorcycle travelling south of US 65 towards Pettis County. Pettis County Deputies, along with the K-9 Unit, started north on US 65 to assist the Saline County Deputies. The pursuit was terminated by Saline County as the motorcycle entered Pettis County. Deputies with Pettis County located the motorcycle, which was still travelling at over 100 mph, on US 65 Highway. Pettis County Deputies began a pursuit. Just north of US 65 and HH Highway, the motorcycle had a malfunction and began to slow down. The Pettis County K9 Unit was quickly deployed. The driver and the occupant quickly gave up and were taken into custody without incident. During the search of the vehicle, a locked bag was located. The K9 Unit was deployed, and alerted to the bag. A large amount of crystal substances were located. The driver was identified as Timmothy Eugene Griffith, 33, of Independence, Missouri. The PCSO is requesting charges of felony Resisting Arrest, Kidnapping in the 3rd Degree, Driving While Suspended, and Trafficking in the 2nd Degree against Griffith. Griffith was held pending a $35,000 cash or surety bond. The passenger was identified as Jewel Charlene Rowland, 42 of Sedalia. Rowland was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Charges of Trafficking in the 2nd Degree are also pending. Rowland was held pending a $25,000 cash or surety bond.
Wednesday night, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of 7th Street and South Engineer Avenue. During the stop, the passenger was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The arrestee was identified as Robert G. Stean Jr., 58 of Sedalia, who also had violated his probation on original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving While Intoxicated. Stean was held pending a $7500 cash or surety bond.