Police find meth, meth making materials in car involved in rollover wreck

Bridget Radake
Bridget Radake

By Carly O'Keefe - bio | email

SESSER, IL (KFVS) – A rural Perry County woman was arrested earlier this week on drug charges after a rollover wreck in Jefferson County.

It reportedly happened just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, after Sesser Police Officer Paul Uranski said he saw a northbound vehicle cross the center line on Route 148 in Sesser. Uranski said he immediately turned on his lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop.

The driver, later identified as Bridget Radake, 38, pulled over without incident. Uranski said he observed several behaviors or indicators that told him the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol. When asked, Radake allegedly told Uranski she had smoked meth earlier that day.

Uranski ran Radake's driver's license information through a state database and learned Radake was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance out of Perry County, IL.

The officer went back to Radake and told her she was under arrest. At that point, police say Radake rolled up her window and took off northbound at a high rate of speed.

Uranski pursued, but the chase ended shortly after when Radake failed to negotiate a turn, clipped an oncoming pick-up truck, rolled her vehicle and came to rest in a ditch alongside Route 148.

Officers went to the vehicle to learn how seriously Radake was injured; at which time Sesser Police Chief Robert Barrett says she told them there was "possibly" a meth lab in the back of her car.

Once Radake was pulled from the vehicle and taken to a Mt. Vernon hospital for minor injuries, officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police Meth Response Team reportedly found a small amount of meth and several chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

The chemicals were not combined, so it was not a meth lab, but Radake still faces charges for possessing the ingredients.

Radake was treated and released from the hospital and taken to the Franklin County Jail where she is being held on $50,000 bond facing the following charges:

  • DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS
  • FLEEING TO ELUDE POLICE
  • UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUSBSTANCE: METHAMPHETAMINE
  • UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHRENALIA
  • UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF METHANPHETAMINE MANUFACTURING CHEMICALS

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