Driver leads police on chase through Cape Giradeau into southern Illinois

Man charged in police chase

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau police were involved in a chase Monday morning that ended in Alexander County, Illinois.

Tyler Ford was charged in an arrest warrant from Cape Girardeau County for possession of a controlled substance and resisting a lawful stop. His bond was set at $10,000 cash.

He is being held at the Pulaski County Detention Center.

The chase started after officers attempted to stop a driver shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Broadway St. near Caruthers Ave.

Officers say the vehicle did not have license plates.

According to court documents, Ford fled from officers for about 6 miles and reached speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour before crossing into Illinois over the Bill Emerson Bridge.

Cape Girardeau Police said the suspect led them on a chase across the Bill Emerson Bridge and into southern Illinois. (Source: KFVS)
Cape Girardeau Police said the suspect led them on a chase across the Bill Emerson Bridge and into southern Illinois. (Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)

Once in Illinois, the suspect drove off of the roadway on Route 146 near Gerard St., just before the Rte. 3 T, abandoned the vehicle and took off running.

Court documents state Ford threw off a white jacket he was wearing and fled into a drainage canal and across a flooded field. The officer was unable to cross the canal.

While searching the jacket, officers say they found a small bag inside that contained about 25 grams of a white substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. According to officers, there was also a black scale and multiple clear baggies in the center console of the vehicle.

At around 2 p.m., according to court documents, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department told Cape Girardeau officers Ford was in custody.

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