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Moberly woman accused of stealing car, fleeing from police

A Moberly woman was arrested on Monday night after she allegedly stole a car and fled from police.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Jacksonville, Missouri, a Moberly Police Department spokesperson said in a press release.

Moberly officers and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, which was being driven by Krysta Durham, in the 700 block of N. Ault Street. The vehicle fled from officers, driving through Moberly and into Randolph County on Route A, the release said.

The vehicle eventually pulled into a residential driveway, and three people got out of the car and were taken into custody.

Durham told police that her boyfriend, Cody Smith, was the one who stole the vehcile, according to a probable cause statement. She said they were in the car, parked at the Clark Gas Station when Smith saw a police car drive by twice. Durham told police she drove the car away while Smith was in the passenger seat, and when Moberly police tried to pull them over, Smith held a gun to Durham’s head and threatened to kill her. She said Smith jumped out of the vehicle and ran away at some point on Ault Street.

During interview, police found that Smith did not hold a gun to Durham’s head, but it was possible Smith was in the car during the chase and jumped out of the vehicle.

Durham was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

The other two occupants were released, pending charges with the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office.

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