2 face charges in Saline County after driving stolen vehicle

Friday, February 5, 2021

A 19-year-old Kansas City woman and a 29-year-old Denton, Texas, man are both facing charges in Saline County after their arrests early Friday, Jan. 29, in the Betty’s Truck Stop parking lot.

According to probable cause statements filed with the prosecuting attorney’s office, a Saline County deputy observed a vehicle sitting stationary and believed to be unoccupied at a gas pump shortly after 1 a.m. and conducted a check of its license plate. The vehicle had been entered as a stolen vehicle on Jan. 20 by Kansas City, Mo., Police Department. The deputy observed 29-year-old Justin Fletcher, of Texas, attempt to walk to the driver’s side of the vehicle. Fletcher reportedly complied with another officer’s order to stop, and he was placed in hand restraints. The reporting officer then observed a female in the passenger seat and detained her for further investigation.

According to the probable cause statements, the female — Victoria Chapman, 19, of Kansas City — stated she took the vehicle from her mother and was going to register it. She stated she uses the vehicle to go to college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and that her mother had stated in the past that she would report the vehicle stolen.

A search of the vehicle revealed a tray with a straw containing white powdery residue; a broken glass container containing a green leafy substance; a Ziploc bag containing a brown and tan granular substance; a locking box containing a digital scale and smoking device; a baggie containing one straw with a white powdery residue, which tested positive for cocaine. Chapman’s purse allegedly contained a bag with one straw with a white powdery substance and two small plastic bags; a bank envelope containing $2,100 in cash, a bag containing two light blue tablets believed to be Oxycodone Hydrocholride (30 mg); and a $5 bill containing a white granular substance.

A search of Fletcher’s person resulted in locating a bag of approximately 28 pills and several broken pieces of what was believed to be Xanax. Fletcher reportedly advised officers he was operating the vehicle and had used marijuana, cocaine and Xanax approximately three to four hours prior to law enforcement contact.

At the time of their arrests, Chapman reportedly also had three non-extraditable warrants from the city of Riverside, Mo., for traffic-related offenses and dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fletcher had an active failure to appear felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance out of Denton County, Texas.

According to unofficial online court documents, Fletcher is charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Unofficial online court documents indicate Chapman is charged with possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, tampering with a motor vehicle in the second degree, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond.

Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.