2 arrested after chase in Wheaton
Parole violators caught, facing fleeing, drug charges
A Seligman man was arrested Sunday after allegedly leading Barry County Deputies on a chase and crashing into a tree.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Cody Oplinger, 25, of Seligman, has been charged with felony fleeing, fleeing an emergency vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.
On Sunday, Deputy Chris Hutson was on Farm Road 2140 in Wheaton when he spotted a 2001 GMC Yukon being driven by Oplinger, whom he recognized, along with his female passenger, S'Jara Wallace, 21, of Cassville, as both having active probation violation warrants.
Hutson activated his lights and siren to stop Oplinger, who then took off in an effort to get away from Hutson. After a short pursuit, Oplinger 's vehicle struck a tree at the intersection of Farm Road 2142 and 1040.
Oplinger and Wallace then fled on foot. Wallace was taken into custody 200 yards from the scene, and Oplinger was found a short while later hiding around a nearby barn.
After being arrested, Oplinger told deputies that he had drugs in the vehicle. Oplinger and Wallace were arrested on their probation violation warrants and transported to the Barry County Jail. Both have no bond on those warrants.
Hutson will be asking for charges of felony resisting arrest, fleeing an emergency vehicle and possession of a controlled substance on Oplinger, and felony resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance charges on Wallace.