2 charged with vehicle theft following high speed chase

Two individuals from Chicago charged with motor vehicle theft after attempting to elude police during a high-speed chase Wednesday.

Shawn Smythe Jr., 29, of Chicago, and Maneeka KA Moody, 19, also of Chicago, were arrested and charged with second-degree motor vehicle theft after the two attempted to elude police on Wednesday, July 3.

According to police reports, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Henry County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet Impala, near the intersection of Highway 34 and Marsh Avenue. The vehicle fled from law enforcement, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Police deployed a tire deflation device near the intersection of Oakberry Avenue and Highway 34, which was successful. The pursuit concluded in the 3300 grid of New London Road.

The driver, Smythe, was arrested and charged with eluding, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), reckless driving and several traffic citations. Smythe and Moody were both later charged with second degree motor vehicle theft.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and the New London Police Department.