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One in custody after high-speed chase

A St. Louis man is in custody following a high-speed chase that began on U.S. 67 at Leadington during the early hours of Tuesday morning, and ended less than an hour later with his arrest at the Madison County line.

According to Leadington Police Chief Rick Pogue, the chase began at approximately 2:50 a.m. when a car was discovered stopped beneath the U.S. 67 southbound overpass at Leadington by city police officer Cory Platten.

“The officer pulled in behind the vehicle with his emergency lights flashing for the purpose of checking on the safety and well-being of the driver,” said Pogue. “As Officer Platten pulled behind the vehicle, the driver pulled onto the highway and began leaving the scene.”

Pogue said it was then that Officer Platten began a high-speed chase of the vehicle down U.S. 67 that at times reached more than 100 mph. The chase came to an end when the vehicle stopped at approximately 2:55 a.m. at the Madison County line and Chad Boesing, 23, of St. Louis, was taken into custody without further incident.

Aiding Platten in the chase and apprehension of Boesing were members of the St. Francois Sheriff’s Office, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers with the Fredericktown Police Department.

“It was discovered that the car had been stolen from St. Louis and the license plates had been stolen, too,” said Pogue. “Boesing was also found to have been wanted for a parole violation when captured.”

Boesing is currently incarcerated without bond at the St. Francois County Jail.

Kevin R. Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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