Forged prescriptions lead to Chicago woman's arrest

NICK MCMILLION/TIMESNEWSPAPERS

A Chicago woman’s knowledge that her two accomplices eluded capture by the Chillicothe Police Department didn’t make her own arrest for trying to fill a forged prescription for a codeine-based cough syrup at a Chillicothe pharmacy any easier to swallow.

Ashley O.B. Reed, 23, of Chicago was arrested by Chillicothe Police on Jan. 13, on charges of unauthorized possession of a prescription form and forgery.

According to a police report, Chillicothe Police were called to Kroger, 603 S. Fourth St., after pharmacy workers verified they had received a forged prescription for promethazine-codeine cough syrup.

The report stated Reed entered the store and presented the forged prescription to a pharmacy worker.

According to the report, the worker said the prescription was on real prescription paper and the prescribing doctor’s information was correct.

The worker informed Reed the pharmacy would contact her when it was filled, and Reed left the store.

The report said while the worker was verifying the prescription an employee from the neighboring CVS Pharmacy contacted the pharmacy with information that someone might bring in a forged prescription. With this information, the worker contacted the doctor listed on the prescription, who informed the pharmacy he did not write the prescription.

The worker then contacted the Chillicothe Police Department.

Officer Jeremy DeVault arrived at the pharmacy, where he viewed the surveillance videos to identify the suspect.

DeVault stated in the report, “The video shows Ashley Reed of Chicago drop off a prescription at 6:58 p.m. and proceeds to the parking lot where she is seen entering a white vehicle at the same time a male can be seen entering the rear passenger side of the vehicle.”

After viewing Kroger’s surveillance videos, DeVault made contact with the employee from CVS.

The CVS employee stated a male entered the pharmacy to have a prescription for promethazine-codeine cough syrup filled.

According to the report, the employee told the man he would have to confirm the prescription and the pharmacy would contact him when it was filled. The suspect took the prescription and left without having it filled.

DeVault’s report states while talking with the CVS employee, he was informed that Reed had returned to Kroger to pick up the prescription.

Devault’s report reads, “While going back to Kroger I observed the suspects’ vehicle in the parking lot and at that time I called Sgt. Doug Hahn for backup.”

The report continues, as DeVault continued to approach the vehicle, he noticed one male in the driver’s seat and one in the back passenger seat. The occupants of the vehicle noticed DeVault approaching and proceeded to throw the car into reverse, spinning the tires.

According to DeVault, the vehicle came within 1 foot of hitting him as he yelled, “stop” multiple times. It was at this point the vehicle traveled forward, spinning the tires again and cut through multiple parking spots while traveling at unsafe speeds.

Continuing at a high rate of speed, the vehicle continued through the parking lot before turning southbound on Fourth Street.

With the two suspects escaping southbound on Fourth Street, DeVault re-entered Kroger to see if Reed was still inside.

DeVault’s report stated, “Ashley was there wearing the same outfit as in the video.” DeVault placed Reed under arrest. Reed was transported to the Chillicothe Police Station.

At the station, Detective Pat Donovan questioned Reed, who identified the driver as Deshawn D. McClure, 22, of Hazel Crest. Reed also told Donovan, Deshawn was the one who gave her the prescription pad.

The report also stated, Reed was overheard talking on the phone at the station and said, “Deshawn hung me out to dry. It was me being stupid. Deshawn left me.” Reed was transported to the Peoria County Jail.

Once found, McClure will be charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving three counts of failure to signal when required, two counts of illegal squealing of tires, disobeying a stop sign and driving without headlights.