On June 7, 2021 at approximately 6:57p.m. a deputy with the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop on a vehicle at US Highway 61 and Summer St. for illegal window tint. The deputy identified the driver as Amanda Jo Thompson, age 41, of Quincy, IL and the passenger as Mark Anthony Smith, age 38, of Quincy, IL. During the stop, the deputy smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the passenger to exit the vehicle. The passenger was detained after the deputy located marijuana on his person. While doing so, the vehicle fled from the traffic stop.
At approximately 7:05p.m. deputies were notified of a motor vehicle accident at 12222 50th St. and the vehicle description matched the vehicle that had fled from the traffic stop a few minutes earlier. Deputies responded and located Amanda Jo Thompson in a field nearby. Deputies detained Amanda and searched the vehicle, locating additional marijuana.
As a result of the traffic stop, Amanda Jo Thompson was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with official acts, no valid driver’s license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and window tint. Mark Anthony Smith was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both individuals were transported to the Des Moines County Jail.