What began as an alleged drug deal gone bad on Wednesday, March 4, resulted in felony charges against four people, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins.
Laura Kampmann, 21, of Coffeen, and Nicole Degler, 34, of Irving, both face charges of delivery of a look-alike substance, while Andrew Parshall, 34, of Taylor Springs, was charged with filing a false police report, obstructing justice, and disorderly conduct, and Austin Frayer, 21, of Coffeen, was charged with stealing a vehicle, aggravated fleeing from police, and use of a stolen debit card.
During the investigation, police seized over 100 grams of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine but was actually a look-alike substance that was at the heart of the alleged crimes.
The investigation began when Montgomery County 911 got a telephone report at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, that a victim had been smashed in the face with a pistol at Main and South Street in Coffeen. That call started an investigation that continued into Thursday morning and resulted in the arrests of Kampmann and Degler at the Coffeen residence. Parshall and Frayer had left before deputies arrived.
Investigators believe that Parshall, who was charged with making the original 911 call, had bought the look-alike meth in a drug deal, later found it to be fake and returned to the residence in Coffeen where he was met outside by Frayer.
“Allegedly, Frayer had a handgun and struck Parshall in the face and stole his money,” according to Sheriff Robbins. “Parshall reported to the deputies that he had been robbed for a different reason than a bad drug deal.”
After Kampmann, Degler, and Parshall were taken into custody, Frayer showed up again when a deputy tried to stop a Jeep Cherokee at 2:20 a.m. Friday, March 6, in Hillsboro that had been reported stolen three hours earlier in Litchfield.
The vehicle fled with the deputy pursing, and the chase went through Hillsboro to Coffeen on rural roads and into Bond County.
“At one point during the pursuit, the driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as Austin Frayer when a roadway was blocked and Frayer drove around the MCSO vehicle, almost striking it,” Robbins said.
At 3:40 a.m., the pursuit was picked up by Bond County deputies, who saw the vehicle run off the roadway and the driver flee. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office police dog Flex was used to locate Frayer lying down in the field and take him into custody. Frayer was taken to Hillsboro Area Hospital for a dog bite where he was treated and released into custody.
“Due to the previous evening with the information of Frayer being suspected to have a firearm, Flex was utilized to take Frayer into custody,” Robbins said. No weapon was found on Frayer. No law enforcement was injured, nor was Flex, during the incident.”
A stolen debit card, used to get fuel in the stolen vehicle, was located inside the vehicle, and a truck reported stolen from Coffeen early Thursday, March 5, has yet to be located.
In addition to the Bond County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsboro Police Department and Litchfield Police Department both assisted during the pursuit.