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Police find backpack full of meth after pursuit in Plattsburg

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 18:09:33-04

CLINTON COUNTY, Mo. – 

A man is facing federal drug charges after police found a backpack full of meth in his vehicle over the weekend. 

James Patrick Pardee II, 27, was federally charged Monday with possession of methamphetamine with the intent of distribution. 

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Plattsburg, Mo. officers tried to stop an Audi A4. The driver of the Audi, later identified as Pardee, refused to stop and took off at speed of over 100 miles per hour. 

P olice say Pardee was only able to get nine miles down the road before crashing into a guardrail. Pardee and a woman bailed from the Audi, leaving a backpack in the front seat. 

Police were able to catch Pardee after the crash, but the woman got away. 

Inside the backpack, officers found numerous clear plastic bags containing a white crystal substance. A test determined it to be nearly five pounds of meth. 

In an interview with investigators, Pardee admitted to selling about two pounds of meth before the police pursuit. He said the amount found in the backpack was left over. 

Court documents say Pardee also admitted to selling over three pounds of meth every other day for the last three months. 

Pardee was taken into federal custody from the Clinton County Jail Monday. 

If convicted, he faces at least 10 years in prison and up to a life sentence.