An area man was arrested after authorities say he shoplifted items from two different stores and led police in a high-speed pursuit.
Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said Saturday at 2 p.m. an officer responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter leaving the parking lot in a red Chrysler Sebring.
“The subject had left without paying for several cans of air duster canned air and was wanted for the same type of theft from another store earlier that morning. The officer saw the suspect vehicle leaving the parking lot onto Walton Drive toward Karsch Boulevard”
Baker said the officer attempted to stop the car at Karsch and Weber and the driver, later identified as a 35-year-old Farmington man, failed to yield, so a pursuit ensued.
“The suspect continued west on Weber, south on Maple Valley Drive and then west on Karsch to northbound U.S. 67,” Baker said. “Dispatch informed local law enforcement, (St. Francois County Sheriff's Department) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol of the northbound pursuit.”
Baker said the pursuit continued north on U.S. 67 and reached speeds of about 80 to 90 mph. The Desloge Police Department deployed spike strips at the U.S. 67 Desloge exit and the tires on the car began to deflate and disintegrate.
“The vehicle finally came to a stop at the U.S. 67 Bonne Terre exit,” Baker said. “The man would not exit the vehicle on the officers’ commands, so the officers had to break the front driver’s side window, where they then removed the man from the car.”
Baker added that while in custody the man made statements that he wanted to harm himself, so he was transported to Parkland Health Center and released for treatment.
“Our department will be submitting a report to the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office requesting charges of shoplifting, driving while intoxicated, failing to yield and resisting arrest by fleeing,” said Baker.
When asked if the man was huffing the air cans Baker said they weren’t sure if he was huffing air or not, but he had stolen cans before.