Drug charges follow high-speed chase through Springfield in stolen truck, deputies say

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A man is behind bars after he allegedly led deputies on a high-speed chase through Springfield while carrying 30 grams of meth in a stolen truck.

Josiah Stockard, 25, was charged Wednesday with drug trafficking, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, property damage and DWI in connection with an early-morning chase that ended in the Phelps Grove neighborhood.

According to a probable cause statement, Stockard was driving a pickup truck without a front license plate just after midnight on Wednesday. A deputy with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop the truck, but it sped away.

A high-speed chase ensued before Stockard eventually crashed the truck in the front yard of a home in the 900 block of East Loren Street and then fled on foot, court documents say.

The sheriff’s office brought in a K9 and eventually located and arrested Stockard in the area, the statement says.

Deputies learned that the truck was stolen, and inside the truck they found a stolen credit card and 32 grams of meth, according to the statement.

Stockard allegedly failed a field sobriety test and told authorities he had used meth and heroin four hours before driving.

Stockard is being held in the Greene County Jail on $50,000 bond. He does not have an attorney listed for this case.

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