2 suspects in theft from Butler Co. business injured in rollover crash

2 suspects in theft from Butler Co. business injured in rollover crash
(Source: KFVS)

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Two people were transported to a Tennessee hospital after a theft and crash in Butler County, Missouri.

Police in Poplar Bluff, Missouri said on Nov. 7 at 4:45 p.m. a suspected theft from Instapawn located at 64 Highway NN was reported to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.

Theft suspects injured in rollover crash in Butler Co., MO

As the suspects left the business the owner followed the vehicle according to police.

Poplar Bluff police were asked to try and make contact. While observing the vehicle, police stopped it on South Broadway.

According to officials the driver attempted to flee as the officer approached. The officer chased the vehicle as the suspect traveled to Butler County Rd. 309.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol officials, the crash happened around 4:55 p.m. on on the roadway

Frederick Sparks Jr., 45 of Poplar Bluff was driving a vehicle southbound on the roadway. He had one passenger 33-year-old Sheena A. Gray also of Poplar Bluff, according to officials.

The crash happened as the vehicle ran off the side of the roadway and struck a ditch and overturned multiple times. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Both Sparks and Gray had serious injuries and were taken to a hospital via Air Evac, officials said.

Officials said the two were found to have warrants for their arrests. While seeking treatment at a hospital Sparks was found to have suspected methamphetamine which was seized by lay enforcement and will be recovered by Poplar Bluff investigators/

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