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A California woman has been charged with forgery in Jefferson City.

Jessica Taylor, 26, is also charged with counterfeiting and resisting a lawful detention.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement shows officers were dispatched around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to Sonic on Ellis Boulevard for a report of a counterfeit $20 bill.

An officer examined the bill which had "Motion Picture Purposes" on it.

Taylor was in the drive-through window area and claimed she didn't know the bill was counterfeit. She allowed officers to go through her wallet where they allegedly found nine more counterfeit $20 bills.

An officer told Taylor to pull into one of the ordering stalls at the restaurant, but instead, she reportedly sped away from the business.

Taylor went a short distance from Sonic and got out of her vehicle, fleeing into a wooded area. Officers set up a perimeter and a K-9 unit was brought in, but Taylor could not be found.

A resident reported that at 8:47 p.m. in the 1000 block of Cimarron Drive, a female matching Taylor's description had come to his residence to use the phone, saying she had a flat tire.

Officers arrived and took Taylor into custody. They later questioned her, and she reportedly said someone had taken her real money and replaced it with counterfeit money.

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