Police: Woman flees in car, plows into home, refuses sobriety test

Jentry Jeanelle Sturgeon (Source: Newport Police Department)
Jentry Jeanelle Sturgeon (Source: Newport Police Department)
101 Watson Street (Source: Newport Police Department)
101 Watson Street (Source: Newport Police Department)

NEWPORT,AR (KAIT) – A southeast Missouri woman is facing several charges in JacksonCounty after allegedly traveling the wrong way on a one way street, drinkingand driving, and damaging a home in excess of $5,000.

Accordingto Newport Police Jentry Jeanelle Sturgeon, 30, of Poplar Bluff, is accused ofthe following crimes: fleeing in a vehicle, second degree criminal mischief,second offense of driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemicaltest, and driving on a cancelled, suspended, or revoked license.

Policesay on March 16 Sturgeon ran her car into a home on 101 Watson Street belongingto Lucy Childress during a police chase after officers tried to stop her fromgoing the wrong way down a one-way street.

Policesay that two officers originally saw Sturgeon traveling the wrong way on SecondStreet and made ever attempt to stop, including flashing blue lights and wavingtheir arms at her. Instead, police go on to say that Sturgeon accelerated hercar and reached speeds around 80 miles per hour.

OnceSturgeon's car reached the end of Second Street, it went through theintersection at Second and Bryant, across the parking lot of Southside Church,and across Watson Street before barreling into Childress's home, police reportin the affidavit. The affidavit adds that Sturgeon crashed into the front wallof the home through the living room, and stopped after partially going throughanother wall.

Policesay they removed Sturgeon from her car, along with an unnamed passenger, and tookher to the Newport Police Department to conduct sobriety tests. Police add thatSturgeon refused to take any form of field sobriety testing or breath tests.

Whenasked if she had had anything to drink, she replied with "I drank a lot," andelaborated with "a cup, a 32 ounce, and two shots of a clear liquid," say officers.

Sturgeonis being held in lieu of $25,000 bond. She will appear in circuit court April23.

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