Male suspect flees deputies - Drives off cliff into Meramec River

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St. Clair, Mo. - Saturday, Franklin County Deputies responded to the area of Friendship Park near Highway PP and Plum Ford Road approximately 16 miles east of St. Clair for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

When deputies arrived three suspects fled the scene, two of them on foot and one in a vehicle.

The male subject drove the vehicle through several fields, crashing through multiple fences, and eventually reached pavement.  The vehicle continued fleeing deputies, drove off the road, and into the Meramec River.  The suspect was able to swim across the river, climbing out on the other side.

The two suspects that fled on foot, one being a female who was taken into custody near the scene, the other a male who ran into a wooded area and initially was not found.

Deputies suspected the two male suspects might go to a residence on Sara Jane Lane in St. Clair.  Deputies were able locate the two male suspects at that residence were they were taken into custody after deputies found them hiding in a camper near the residence. 

Deputies located a methamphetamine lab at the site where the suspects originally fled.  There were also methamphetamine components in the vehicle that eventually ran in to the river.  Additional narcotics paraphernalia and meth lab components were also located in the camper.

The suspects are identified as Shannon Stephens, a 26 year old female from Cedar Hill Mo., Richard Treis, a 38 year old male from Leasburg Mo., and Chance Zeigler, a 34 year old male from St. Clair, Mo.

All three were charged with felony resisting arrest with a bond of $100,000.

Treis had recently been released from the Franklin County Jail on Dec. 16, 2011 after his $75,000 bond had been reduced on drug charges.  He was then turned over to the Perry County Jail where he was released on Dec. 23, after his $10,000 bond had also been reduced on drug charges.

Treis has a long criminal history of numerous probation violations and burglary and theft crimes, dating back to Sept. 2004.