High-speed pursuit starting in Carroll County ends in Linn County with arrest of St. Louis woman

Diane Stephanie Byrd

A St. Louis woman was arrested in connection with an alleged high-speed pursuit on Wednesday afternoon that began in Carroll County and ended in Linn County.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was notified about 3:30 regarding a Carroll County deputy attempting to stop a northbound white-colored SUV that was reportedly driving in excess of 100 and being dangerous to other motorists.  As the Livingston County Sheriff and two deputies were headed that direction to assist, the Carroll County deputy reported having lost sight of the female driver in Livingston County on Highway 65 near Route H.

Livingston County staff was stopped at the Grand River Bridge construction site south of Chillicothe when a northbound white SUV came speeding across the bridge being checked at going 60 miles an hour in a 35 zone while highway workers were present. 

Sheriff Cox initiated emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it accelerated and then slowed to turn east onto Highway 36 where the driver accelerated up to speeds near 120 miles an hour in a 65 zone. Sheriff Cox called traffic on Highway 36 as unusually light but the suspect driver still made what he called some bad passes, even passing two semi-tractor trailers that were side by side on the right shoulder.

A short while later in Linn County, Cox said the SUV apparently blew the motor and the vehicle finally slowed to a stop about eight miles east of the Meadville Junction. 

Taken into custody was 37-year-old Stephanie Diane Byrd of St. Louis for alleged felony resisting arrest by flight, excessive speed 118 in a 65, 60 in a 35 construction zone with workers present, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Carroll County deputy sheriff issued Ms. Byrd a couple of additional citations for issues there. Ms. Byrd was transported to Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

LCSO was assisted by Chillicothe Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Emergency Dispatch at the Chillicothe Police Department did an excellent job of keeping all information and officers coordinated.

(Photo courtesy of Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail)

John Anthony


John started working for KTTN Radio in the 1970s as a news reporter. He has been with the station for many years, and when Marvin Luehrs, then owner of KTTN, decided to retire John purchased the station. John is Married to Carol Anthony who also works for KTTN as the Traffic Director.