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Motorcycle chase begins in Laddonia; two arrested

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:06 am

On Aug. 3, at about 11:18 a.m., Audrain County Sheriff’s Sgt. Derek Chism observed a blue and white motorcycle southbound on Rt. 19 near Laddonia that was not displaying valid registration. The bike was occupied by a driver and rear passenger.

When Chism and K-9 Chal attempted to stop the bike, it failed to yield to emergency lights and sirens, continuing southbound into Montgomery County via Rt. 19, thorugh Martinsburg and Wellsville, reaching speeds of about 80 mph.

The driver eventually drove the bike onto a Montgomery County Road, then into a cornfield, where it crashed at low speed and came to rest.

The driver was identified as Jackie L. Bartlow II, 32, of Hannibal. He was apprehended and arrested by Audrain and Montgomery County deputies for failing to display valid plates, operated motor vehicle upon highway while driver’s license revoked/suspended and failure to yield to emergency vehicle.

Bartlow remains in the Audrain County Jail pending filing of formal charges. The rear passenger, Patience N. Pax, 32, of Bowling Green, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Lincoln County and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

During the incident, Chism’s patrol car sustained minor damage when he hit a washed out spot along the edge of the cornfield in high grass. No one was injured during the incident.

Audrain County Sheriff’s office expressed their thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff and his staff for their assistance, as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol. They also thanked the Montgomery County Ambulance District for their response to the scene to check the motorists and deputies involved.

The Audrain County Sheriff and his staff remain committed to working with our communities, community partners, and other area law enforcement agencies to make Audrain County a safe place to work and live. The support of and the input from the community is appreciated. Citizens are reminded crime tips may be provided anonymously by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-392-TIPS (8477) and/or online at https://www.audrainsheriff.com/report-a-crime. All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.