Woman led officers on a high-speed chase down residential streets after reported theft from Worthington store
She now faces five charges, including child endangerment.
WORTHINGTON — A Sioux Falls, South Dakota, woman arrested on July 27 in Worthington has been charged in Nobles County Fifth District Court with felony-level counts of obstructing the legal process, fifth-degree drug possession and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
Jaslyn Rose Coffman, 22, is also charged with child endangerment and theft.
According to the criminal complaint, Coffman reportedly left a Worthington store without paying for items shortly after 8 p.m. on July 27. The license plate number was reported to law enforcement, and an officer of the Worthington Police Department observed the vehicle on Clary Street. The officer activated his lights to stop the vehicle, but it sped up, ultimately coming to a stop at the dead end of Bristol Street. There, the two individuals in the car changed positions, and the vehicle fled once again with Coffman allegedly driving.
The vehicle traveled down several residential streets at high rates of speed, sped through stop signs and nearly hit a squad car head-on. During the pursuit, officers observed a small child in the back seat of the vehicle.
The vehicle then went through a chain link fence at Lampert Lumber, entered the lumberyard and stopped. The adult female passenger, Jennifer Jade Labatte, 22, and the 3-year-old child exited the vehicle and ran. They were later found hiding in a grove of nearby trees by a WPD officer and K-9.
Coffman reportedly tried to flee again after the passengers fled on foot, but the vehicle got stuck in debris from the broken fence. Officers surrounded the vehicle with their guns drawn, at which time Coffman exited the vehicle and laid on the ground.
During a search of the vehicle, officers reportedly found a glass pipe with white residue inside, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Multiple shopping bags filled with items were also located in the back seat, allegedly stolen from a local store.
Coffman stated she and Labatte stole approximately $168 worth of merchandise, and admitted to stealing an air conditioner. Labatte stated she did not know the merchandise was stolen, as Coffman said she’d pay for it and instructed Labatte to take the items to their vehicle.
Both Coffman and Labatte reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine while in jail.
Coffman has a prior felony controlled substance conviction in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
For the felony charges of obstructing the legal process and fifth-degree drug possession, Coffman faces up to five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine, while fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle comes with a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine.
On the charge of child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, Coffman could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine; and on the theft charge, a misdemeanor, she could receive up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.