A Farmington man is under arrest after he reportedly led police on a high-speed pursuit on U.S. 67 late Thursday night and wrecked his vehicle.
Leadington Police Chief Dustin McKinney said at about 11:30 p.m. his officer was at the end of his shift and was taking one last loop around the Fairgrounds exit.
“He was heading northbound on U.S. 67 from Fairgrounds and he clocked a car doing 88 mph in a 60,” said McKinney. “He turned around at the emergency exit to try to get behind him and he took off. He was on southbound U.S. 67 and the driver of the black SUV started swerving like he was going to take the Farmington exit, but then came back into the right-hand lane.”
McKinney explained the driver, later identified as Lamarco Sherrill, 28, continued going south at speeds up to 130-140 mph.
“I can’t remember how fast he was going, but he was in 100s,” said McKinney. “At one point, (Sherrill) turned his lights off while driving down U.S. 67, then he turned them back on. They entered Madison County and when officers out there heard, a couple of Madison County deputies and Fredericktown police officers were set up to place spike strips down.”
McKinney said Sherrill drove the SUV into the median, came back up and crashed on the other side of the road right before the Fredericktown exit.
“He didn’t appear to be injured. I’m not sure if he slowed down and was maybe trying to throw the officer off or not,” said McKinney. “My officer said he got out of the SUV and laid down on the ground, so he didn’t resist.”
Sherrill had a warrant out of St. Francois County for two class D felonies of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. In addition to that he had an expired driver’s license.
“We are applying for charges of speeding, careless and imprudent driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and a couple other charges,” said McKinney. “These will be filed as state charges since he had a warrant.”
Sherrill is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $25,000 bond for his warrant and once formal charges are filed he will have an additional bond.