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Teen charged for kicking trooper, meth possession

Jenna Peek, 19, of Pollock, Mo. (Photo: Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

A northeast Missouri woman who claimed to be the victim of police violence last year is behind bars for assaulting a law enforcement officer herself.

Jenna Peek, 19, of Pollock, Mo., was arrested in connection with a high-speed chase south of Unionville this weekend. She was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance--both felonies.

According to the probable cause statement, Peek was one of two women who exited a vehicle driven by Christopher Sears, of Unionville, before he led authorities on the chase that ended in a rollover crash.

A trooper detailed that when she approached Peek--who was seated by the side of the road surrounded by scattered clothing and other items--Peek screamed at her and became "very uncooperative."

"It was apparent that Peek was possibly under the influence of narcotics," the trooper noted.

Authorities said they found drug paraphernalia in Peek's purse, and a white, powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

While handcuffed in the backseat of the patrol car, Peek "became very agitated," according to the trooper. Peek repeatedly kicked the front seat, and reportedly kicked the officer in the stomach while screaming at her.

Peek became a lightning rod of controversy in the Unionville community last year when she alleged that former Unionville Police Chief Tim Corwin used excessive force in subduing her during an incident in September 2015. Corwin later resigned, but an investigation into the incident did not produce enough evidence for a special prosecutor to bring charges against either party.

Later that same month, Peek was arrested after crashing her vehicle in Sullivan County. She was initially fined $10 for not wearing her seat belt, but after toxicology results returned, charges for DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession--all misdemeanors--were added in March of this year. That case has not yet been decided.

Peek remained in Putnam County Jail Wednesday afternoon on $20,000 bond.

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