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Pana Woman In Custody After High Speed Chase Thursday

A Pana woman will remain in jail following a high speed chase Thursday.  31 year old Jennifer J. Smith was in court today in custody following her appearance Friday morning where probable cause was established.  Smith is charged with aggravated fleeing police more than 21 miles per hour and obstructing identification. Smith is also facing charges for driving on a suspended license, and possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear for those charges.  Smith’s public defender Michael Drake informed the court Monday, that the reason Smith was driving so fast, was her passenger was having a heart attack and Smith didn’t see the lights behind her.  State Attorney Jaimee Ward informed the court, that there was nothing in the police report about a heart attack, that Smith was driving over 100 miles per hour and that there was multiple false information given at the time of the incident.  Ward also informed the court that Smith has a warrant in Effingham County concerning a methamphetamine charge.  Judge Paisley after hearing both sides set the bond at $30,000 plus a $5,000 bond for a failure to appear from earlier for the other charge. A preliminary hearing is set for June 11th.

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