On Sunday, Moniteau County authorities arrested three people for drugs and stolen property after a vehicle pursuit.

The Moniteau County Sheriff's Office says deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation on Highway 50 near California. The suspect vehicle then fled and a pursuit began.

The suspect vehicle traveled west on Highway 50 then turned south on Highway E and finally stopped in the middle of the roadway near Latham. The occupants in the vehicle were then detained.

Deputies determined that some of the occupants were on Probation/Parole for burglary and possession of drugs. Authorities say a search of the vehicle revealed a substantial amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Further investigation revealed a backpack-style leaf blower that was stolen from California, MO. Upon speaking with the suspects, it was learned they had attempted to ingest methamphetamine during the pursuit in an attempt to destroy evidence.

One suspect was taken to an area hospital and treated for overdose, while two other suspects were taken to the Moniteau County Jail.

The three suspects include:

34-year old Matthew P. Bishop, of California. Charges include Delivery of a Controlled Substance (meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence and numerous traffic violations. Bond is $100,000.00.

32-year old Natasha G. Larson, of Tipton. Charges include Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth) and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Bond is $50,000.00.

34-year old Greg A. Wininger, of Joplin. Charges include Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence and a Jasper County warrant. Total bond was set at $60,000.00.

Further charges are pending for the theft of the leaf blower.

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