UPDATE: TWO INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK WERE INVOLVED IN PURSUIT WITH POILCE
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, two people who were injured in a wreck in Butler County had allegedly been involved in a pursuit with police.
KWOC News spoke with Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident.
On Wednesday afternoon, around 4:45 pm, a suspected theft from Instapawn, located at 64 Highway NN, was reported to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. As the suspects left the business, the business owner, Curtis Phelps, began following the suspect vehicle. Due to officer’s locations, and the direction in which the suspects were traveling, the Poplar Bluff Police Department was requested to attempt contact.
A short time later, an Officer of the Poplar Bluff Police Department observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop along South Broadway. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated in an attempt to flee. The officer gave chase, as the suspect vehicle traveled to Butler County Road 309. While traveling south along County Road 309, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Frederick Sparks Jr., 42 of Poplar Bluff, lost control of the vehicle.The vehicle, a 2001 Mercury Sable, subsequently left the roadway and overturned multiple times, ejecting both occupants. Both Sparks and his passenger, Sheena Gray, 33 of Poplar Bluff, were airlifted to a Memphis hospital. Sparks and Gray were found to have warrants for their arrest. Additionally, while seeking treatment in Memphis, Sparks was found to possess a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.
The suspected methamphetamine has been seized by Memphis area law enforcement and will be recovered by Poplar Bluff investigators at a later time.