High-speed chase in Plattsburg led to federal drug charges for St. Joseph man

| September 26, 2017
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(James Patrick Pardee)

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- A St. Joseph, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with possessing methamphetamine to distribute following a high-speed pursuit that resulted in his arrest and the seizure of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine.

According to a press release from the Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, James Patrick Pardee, II, 27, of St. Joseph, was charged in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, September 25, 2017. Pardee remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing tomorrow, September 27, 2017.

The affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint stated that Plattsburg, Mo., police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a lane violation on a vehicle driven by Pardee on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Pardee fled from officers at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour for approximately nine miles. Pardee’s vehicle ultimately crashed into a guardrail.

Pardee and a female passenger got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee but Pardee was the only one taken into custody. Officers seized a backpack inside the vehicle that contained numerous clear plastic baggies with a total of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine. Investigators later determined that he had recently sold one kilogram of methamphetamine.

Larson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusations and not evidence of guilt. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), Plattsburg Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department are all working the investigation.

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