Counterfeit checks lead to arrests after hotel crash
COLUMBIA - After a woman crashed a motorcycle through a window of America's Best Value Inn Motel on I-70 Drive, Columbia police also arrested a 44-year-old man after finding methamphetamine.
The original investigation revealed 34-year-old Julie Miles of Columbia was learning how to ride a motorcycle in the parking lot of the business on Tuesday. She then lost control and drove the motorcycle through a motel room window.
An ambulance transported Miles to treat non-life threatening injuries.
While investigating the crash, a citizen contacted police about people in a hotel room printing counterfeit checks.
Authorities went to the room where they made contact with 32-year-old Danielle Dakon along with two children. Police then found Thomas Culver hiding in the hotel bathroom. Culver gave police permission to search the motel room.
Police found methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, financial information to people not known to Culver or Dakon, check stock, a laptop computer and a printer.
Authorities arrested the 44-year-old Culver for two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, possession of forging instrumentality and possession of controlled substance felony.
Dakon was arrested for two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of controlled substance felony.