the suspects were headed to Marceline.
A Blue Springs man and a Belton woman were arrested the evening of Feb. 27, following two-high speed chases the same day.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, Shaun Allen Mindham, 35, Blue Springs, was arrested the evening of Feb. 27 after leading a trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and Livingston County Deputy Sheriff Michael Claypole on two separate high-speed chases.
According to Cox, late on the afternoon of Feb. 27, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) was made aware that at least one MSHP trooper in Caldwell County was attempting to stop a motorcycle with two occupants on U.S. Highway 36 and the motorcycle was running at speeds up to at least 130 mph in a 65 mph zone.
“MSHP later terminated their attempt to stop the vehicle but the trooper had given excellent information as to the description,” Cox said. “The motorcycle operator must have pulled off onto gravel road(s) and stayed off U.S. Highway 36 for some time. That evening around 7:36 p.m. Chief Deputy Michael Claypole was on U.S. Highway 36 in western Livingston County and saw a motorcycle matching the suspect vehicle description traveling east on U.S. Highway 36 near LIV 419 at 84 mph in a 65 mph zone with two occupants.”
Claypole described that the driver seemed to want to flee from him and saw the motorcycle driver cut between two semi-tractor/trailers causing one of the semi drivers to brake hard and take evasive action. Other semis on the highway yielded to llaw enforcement vehicles which caused the motorcycle to actually have to yield and was able to get the driver to stop,” Cox said.
Further investigation shows the MSHP Trooper identified this motorcycle as the same one which had fled him earlier in Caldwell County. The driver was identified as Mindham, was also the owner of the motorcycle.
Additional investigation showed Mindham had an outstanding arrest warrant from Johnson County for alleged class D felony possession of a controlled substance, class E felony resisting arrest-creating substantial risk of injury/death and driving while suspended/revoked-1st offense.
“K-9 Zaki alerted to the odor of drug(s) around the motorcycle and officers seized an estimated 12 grams of methamphetamine and three grams of black tar heroin,” Cox said. “Mindham was arrested for the alleged drug violations in Livingston County and has since been charged by Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for alleged two counts class D felony possession of a controlled substance.”
Mindham was taken to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail (DDRJ) in lieu of $10,000 bond.
The passenger was identified as Jennifer Joy Jett, 32, Belton, and she was arrested on warrant(s) from Jackson County for alleged failure to appear in court-felony drug violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jett was taken to DDRJ pending extradition by Jackson County Sheriff.
LCSO also seized Mindham's 2019 Yamaha and Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren has a case in Livingston County Circuit Court seeking forfeiture on the vehicle.
“Investigation shows both suspects were reportedly traveling to Marceline,” Cox said. “Potential additional charge(s) in Caldwell County and/or Livingston County may be pending.”