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John Wesley Fogle, of Hannibal is being held in the Monroe County jail on a $25,000 bond after leading police on a high-speed chase through Monroe City. Fogle is charged with three felony counts including resisting arrest and fleeing, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and endangering the welfare of a child.
Officers say that they attempted to stop Fogle in a Black Chevy Avalanche at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 5 for displaying the plates of another vehicle. The plates on the vehicle were expired and checked to be from a Dodge pickup. Fogle allegedly sped through the parking lot of the Monroe City Inn and led officers around the building four times before leading them on a chase through town. Police say the vehicle reached speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour on Business Highway 24/36, which has a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.
After running the four-way stop sign the vehicle turned southbound on Oak Street and continued to flee from police at high speeds before hitting the railroad tracks. Police backed off of the chase once it reached the residential area so as not to endanger the neighborhood.
Monroe City Police Chief Darren Freidank said, “As much as I do not like pursuits in town, we still have a duty to protect the citizens of Monroe City. I am very happy that no innocent bystanders were hurt.”
Upon hitting the tracks the Fogle’s vehicle lost control and hit a tree. Fogle is said to have run on foot from the scene of the accident leaving passengers, including a 7-month old baby behind.
In the vehicle, police found items used in the manufacturing of drugs and identification of Fogle and passengers Brookly Paige Schaller and William Rolla Ruby. A pocket book was also recovered containing white powder presumptive tests deemed as methamphetamine. Schaller and Ruby were both arrested and taken to the Monroe County jail. Due to medical injuries sustained from the accident, both were decided unfit for confinement and were released upon arrival.
Later that evening, officers were given an anonymous tip that Fogle was seeking refuge in the Rainbow Motel. After contact with management, police were given confirmation that Fogle had checked into the room 15 minutes prior. Captain C.J. Mudd was able to see through the window that an individual was present in the room but refusing to answer the door.
Approximately five minutes after knocking, another guest of the motel came informed police that “some guy was in the ceiling and was breaking through the dry wall.
The guest held the only other occupied room in the motel at that time. After a brief stand off with police Fogle was placed under arrest and was treated for injuries obtained in the accident.
Fogle has an extensive criminal history including convictions for statutory rape and possession of a controlled substance.
Monroe City Police were assisted in the incident by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Monroe City Ambulance, the Monroe City Fire Department and the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force.