Florida residents charged after fleeing from officers
A pair of Tampa, Fla., residents are facing charges after allegedly leading authorities on a pursuit in a vehicle that was reported as stolen and then on foot on Thursday, April 18, in Lafayette County.
According to a probable-cause statement issued by the Lafayette County Circuit Court, Terry B. Rodriguez and Meghann S. Irmler were in a red Hyundai Elantra, bearing Pennsylvania license plates, that failed to yield to a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper following a pursuit in Higginsville. The vehicle exceeded posted speed limits and ran through stop signs before running off the roadway at Johnson Drive and Phillips Street in Odessa. Rodriguez and Irmler then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
The report states that Irmler eventually was caught and taken into custody. Rodriguez, however, reportedly got away. The report states that Irmler also slipped out of her handcuffs, unbuckled the seat belt, opened the door of the patrol car and started to flee again. The pursuing officer reported that Irmler had to be tackled to the ground and placed in a vascular restraint hold before complying with the officer’s commands to stop resisting. Irmler was then transported to the Lafayette County Regional Health Center to ascertain whether or not she was fit for confinement, and then transported to the Lafayette County Jail.
Rodriguez was found later by Odessa Police officers. The vehicle they had been in was reported as stolen, but it had not yet been entered into the M.U.L.E.S. system.
Online court documents state that Rodriguez has been charged with a Class D Felony for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and a Class E Felony for Resisting Arrest by Fleeing. Documents also confirm that Irmler has been charged with misdemeanors for tampering; attempt to escape custody; and resisting arrest.
Rodriguez’s bond has been set at $25,000 cash or surety. Irmler’s bond amount was not available at time of publication.
An initial hearing for each of the accused is pending at Lafayette County Circuit Court.
NOTE: All individuals taken into custody are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.