Corporal Jessie Stalnaker
Troop B - Lake City
On February 20, 2009, while Corporal Jessie Stalnaker was working SOAR overtime in Columbia County patrolling Interstate 75, he was notified of a robbery that had occurred at a local truck stop off US 441 in Ellisville. A call was received at the Jacksonville Regional Communications center that the subject who committed this robbery was traveling northbound on I-75 from the Ellisville area. The caller was following the subject and led Corporal Stalnaker to the vehicle on I-75. Corporal Stalnaker caught up to the vehicle as it exited I-75 and pulled into a gas station at State Road 47 and I-75. Corporal Stalnaker conducted a traffic stop with the assistance of Trooper John Tillie and detained the subjects. During this traffic stop it was discovered that the subjects had stolen tools and other property from the truck stop. It was also discovered that the subjects had stolen property in their vehicle from another local business. Corporal Stalnaker and Trooper Tillie summoned the Columbia County Sheriff’s office to respond to their location. The Columbia County Sheriff’s office worked the robbery case and made three arrests in this case. Corporal Stalnaker added an additional arrest charge to the driver of the vehicle for driving while license suspended.
Later in the afternoon, Corporal Stalnaker was operating stationary radar on I-75 just south of the Ellisville exit. While monitoring northbound traffic, he clocked a driver’s vehicle speeding in the northbound lanes. While Corporal Stalnaker was attempting to overtake this vehicle, the driver exited northbound I-75 onto northbound State Road 25 (US 441). Corporal Stalnaker stopped the driver as he pulled into a gas station parking lot. As the vehicle came to a stop, the driver of the vehicle exited and fled on foot into the wooded area. Corporal Stalnaker summoned via radio for assistance. During this time Corporal Stalnaker detained the passenger and questioned him. Corporal Stalnaker was able to obtain the driver’s name from the passenger.
Upon a computer check of the driver’s name, it was determined that the subject was wanted for felony attempted murder and aggravated assault with a weapon. At this time a multi-agency search was conducted in the wooded area near the gas station. A K-9 was used to track the subject through the woods. He was soon apprehended and placed into custody without any further incident.
For his excellent police work in both incidences, Corporal Stalnaker is to be commended for his dedication and job performance. Corporal Stalnaker was able to obtain and secure the property that was stolen from its rightful owner and was also able to place in custody a dangerous wanted criminal. Congratulations to Corporal Stalnaker for being selected Trooper of the Month for February 2009.