Two Charged With Child Endangerment and More Following Clay County Traffic Stop

Two individuals received several charges following a traffic stop in Clay County.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy initiated the stop for a traffic violation in the 32-hundred mile of Highway 18 shortly before 10am this past Sunday. The deputy observed the driver and the front passenger switch places while the vehicle was in motion. It was discovered that the man in the passenger seat, 37-year-old Chase Kounkel (Kunkel) had a barred drivers license. A 15-year-old female and a six-month old baby were in the back seat area.

The female in the driver seat, Ashley Scarlett, was cited into court and released with a court date for two counts of Child Endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor…as well as No Seatbelt, Reckless Driving, and Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive, all simple misdemeanors.

Kounkel was charged with Driving While Barred…two counts of Child Endangerment…Speeding…Reckless Driving…No Seatbelt…Driving Under Suspension…and Failure to File S.R. Insurance.

Kounkel was released from the Clay County Jail after posting two-thousand dollars bond.



Kathleen “Kay” Schmitt

Kathleen “Kay” Schmitt passed away peacefully at her home on the afternoon of June 18, 2024, surrounded by her three daughters.

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