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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:32 pm | Updated: 9:19 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday morning after they fled from a traffic stop and became the targets of a large scale manhunt.

The search for the suspects ended at the Krakow Store where the two were located by deputies, according to reports.

Authorities have charged the female, Danielle N. Reynolds, 21, Wentzville, with one count of resisting arrest by fleeing creating a serious risk of injury or death. Her bond was set at $15,000.

The man, Eric Campbell, 34, Rosebud, was being held without bond on an outstanding probation violation warrant in a prior felony case, authorities reported.

Reynolds had gone into the restrooom and was arrested when she came out, the sheriff’s office said. Campbell was caught about the same time walking north on Highway A after he left the restaurant.

Earlier Saturday, a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper stopped the couple for a traffic violation on Highway 50 west of Union, but the two sped off and were last seen driving northbound on Highway BB.

A short time later, a deputy responded to a home in the 7300 block of Whiskey Creek Road where a resident reported that the couple had come to the door asking for a ride to Washington because their car broke down. The resident refused and the two were last seen walking into a wooded area, the sheriff’s office said.

As officers converged on the area and began a ground search, Reserve Deputy Tom Cline flew over the area in his small helicopter looking for the suspects.

While that search was under way, the sheriff’s office received a call from a resident in the Rolling Hills subdivision off of Highway YY who said the suspects had walked out of the woods and asked him for a ride because their car broke down. He said they had left walking about an hour earlier.

Based on the location and time frame, deputies decided to check Krakow Store. They asked a clerk if she had seen the two and she told them that the woman had gone into the bathroom and that the man had left the store.

A waitress in the store’s restaurant told The Missourian that the suspects were very nervous and acted suspiciously when they came into the restaurant. Both the man and woman went to the restroom several times before the officers arrived, she said.

Later, when a worker at the restaurant was cleaning the men’s restroom she found a small backpack or camera case that had been placed in the trash can underneath some trash.

Police were called back to the scene and retrieved the case as evidence.

Authorities said witnesses reported seeing both suspects wearing backpacks and officers believe they may have discarded one of the packs while they were fleeing on foot.

According to an initial report, troopers allegedly found drug paraphernalia in the suspects’ vehicle.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff’s office said.

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