While on patrol Officers Hollingsworth and Bolton observe a vehicle known to have an extensive criminal history blow a stop sign. They attempt to make a traffic stop, however the vehicle atempts to evade them. After observing the vehicle go through stop sign after stop sign they turn off their lights and follow at a safe distance with only a dust trail giving a hint of where the vehicle has gone. The vehicle disappears and the dust trail dies when suddenly dispatch relays a message that a good samaritan had called and witnessed two people getting out of a vehicle. Officers canvas the area and over the radio K9 Officer Jeff Ferneau calls out that he’s located two people possibly matching the description. Shortly thereafter he calls out a foot pursuit. Officers arrive at the takedown of the male suspect in a backyard and he is taken into custody and a small camera case bag containing numerous bags of meth is discovered on him. The female is located in a nearby vacant house and upon hearing the K9 surrenders to officers.
|Agency||Springfield Police Department, MO|
|Station/Area Command||Center City|
|Why Law Enforcement||I started my LE career at age 18 in the US Army Military Police Corps. After my first tour in Iraq as an MP I wanted to keep serving. So I put myself through an Academy at a local University. I got picked up really quick by Bolivar Missouri Police Department and worked there for 4.5 years before going to Springfield.|
|First Arrest||I actually had to arrest a friend from High School on an outstanding warrant. My FTO and I ran across him at an accident scene and my FTO asked me to check his driving status. I ended up arresting him on a misdemeanor warrant. My first arrest in Springfield was on a guy selling Marijuana in a parking lot. The girl he was selling to didn’t know when to be quite. She randomly told me that it was her first time buying marijuana from someone.|
|Best part of the job||I love working with the caliber of men and women at my job. They are like a family and we all treat each other as such. Its a great feeling when we come together and help the community. I also enjoy chasing bad guys. I always was the cop during COPS and ROBBERS as a kid.|
|Hobbies||I am an avid hunter. I spend a lot time shooting my bow and deer hunting. I spend a lot of time just sitting in a tree in the woods. It helps me to relax. I also enjoy getting away with my family.|
|Favorite Quote||OFC: Why did you run?
Perp: I wouldn’t have run if I knew it was you in that car!After finding drugs in someone’s pocket, “Well, these aren’t my pants. So you can’t arrest me for that.”