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An investigation Tuesday morning into a motorcycle crash at a Columbia motel allegedly led to police finding methamphetamine and forgery tools.

Julie Miles, 34, was learning to ride a motorcycle in the parking lot of America’s Best Value Inn, 1900 I-70 Drive S.W., when 5540f6a4713e5_imageshe lost control of the vehicle and crashed through a room’s window, Columbia police Officer Latisha Stroer said in a news release. First responders took Miles to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police contacted the owner of the motorcycle, Raymond Crites, and arrested him on a failure to appear warrant on the original charge of not having insurance or plates on the motorcycle, Stroer said.

While officers were at the scene, another motel patron told officers two people were printing fraudulent checks in a second-floor room, Stroer said. Police went to the room and spoke with Danielle L. Dakon, 32, of St. Joseph. Stroer said officers found Thomas J. Culver, 44, of Warsaw hiding in the bathroom; two children, ages 14 and 6, also were in the room.

Stroer said Culver gave officers consent to search the room. Officers allegedly found several hypodermic needles and a small bag containing methamphetamine, which prompted officers to halt the consent search and request a search warrant. Once the warrant was obtained, the search proceeded.5540f66df02b1_image

Stroer said officers found meth, a small amount of marijuana, several trash bags full of documents containing other people’s personal and financial information, check stock, a laptop computer and a printer.

Police arrested Culver on suspicion of two counts of first-degree child endangerment, felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of forging instruments. Police arrested Dakon on suspicion of two counts each of first-degree child endangerment and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Culver and Dakon are both being held at the Boone County Jail on $18,000 bond.

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