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A gun, dope, a chase and arrests

On Wednesday July 24th, 2019 at approximately 6:00 P.M. an off-duty Joplin Police Department investigator while eating at a restaurant observed what he believed to be criminal activity taking place at 4101 Richard Joseph Blvd. The off-duty detective contacted on duty patrol units and investigators working. Officers attempted but was not pursued.

Officers with the Duquesne Police Department located the vehicle and engaged in a pursuit with the vehicle. The driver at this time was identified as James G. Wilson, 29 of Joplin, MO. Wilson was wanted for parole violations for burglary, vehicle tampering, forgery, and felony resisting arrest. JPD units joined the pursuit at this time. The pursuit continued through Jasper and Newton Counties. During the pursuit items were being thrown from the vehicle.

A Jasper County Deputy Sheriff was able to deploy a tire deflation device near Newton Rd and 110 Rd. The suspect vehicle came to a stop shortly after. James G. Wilson was taken into custody without further incident. The items thrown from the vehicle were recovered. Wilson was charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm by certain persons, distribution of a controlled substance, felony resisting arrest and driving while revoked. Approximately 72grams of methamphetamine were recovered along with a pistol. Charges were forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutors Office.

A female passenger identified as Tammy Woods 37 of Carterville, MO was also taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance. Charges have been forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutors Office. A third female passenger was released from the scene with no charges.

Joplin Police would like to thank the Duquesne Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this case. The off-duty detective who recognized this criminal activity is a reminder that Joplin Police officers are always on alert and ready to make our community safer.

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