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Police chase men attempting to fill fake prescription

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photo/SCSO Billy W. Jones
Two Jonesboro area men were arrested on felony charges after attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription.

Police were alerted by pharmacy staff that James R. Bourassa, 35, of Jonesboro and Billy W. Jones, 22, of Bono would be attempting to fill a questionable pain pill prescription at Davis Drug Store in Highland, after the prescription was called in.

The men were met by police in the drive through of the pharmacy.

Photo/SCSO James R. Bourassa
When Sgt. Stan Haney identified himself to Bourassa as being with the  Sharp County Sheriff's department, the vehicle sped away, throwing gravel on Haney. Sheriff Mark Counts and Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens tried to stop the vehicle as it exited onto U.S. Highway 62/412.

Stevens said the vehicle failed to yield to other vehicles when making a left turn onto the busy five lane highway.

Bourassa continued through a school zone at an estimated speed of 110 miles per hour.

According to Stevens' incident report, Bourassa also drove in the turning lane and crossed in and out of traffic at the high rates of speed.

The driver nearly caused an accident near FM 101 Road.

After attempting to make a left turn off the highway, the driver ran off in the ditch and came back up on the road -- crossing five lanes of traffic and narrowly missing oncoming traffic.

After driving on the shoulder on the opposite side of the road, Bourassa slowed down and let his passenger out. Jones was quickly apprehended by Cherokee Village Police Officer Jeremy Rose who was assisting.

Bourassa's vehicle finally came to a stop near Ace Auto Sales in Highland, where the driver was apprehended.

Officers recovered prescription bottles from Davis Drug Store, as well as other bottles, both empty and full.

Both suspects were taken to the Sharp County Sheriff's Department where Jones told officers he was asleep when he woke up to gravel spinning.

Bourassa told officers Jones called the prescription in and had him pick it up after staking out the pharmacy for police officers.

Jones failed the drug test administered at the jail for four of the six drugs that it tests for, while Bourassa failed for two.

Records indicate that Jones has recent criminal charges in Jonesboro for the same type of drug offenses.

Bourassa was arrested and charged with two felony counts of fraud by deceit to procure narcotic drugs, possession of a controlled substance, following too close, careless driving, driving left of center, improper passing, no seat belt, no insurance, reckless driving, speeding in a school zone, unlawful crossing lanes, cutting in before safe, improper turn, no turn signal and unsafe lane change.

Jones was charged with one felony count of fraud by deceit to procure narcotic drugs, obstructing governmental operations and possession of a controlled substance.

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