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One arrested after pursuit Monday

A routine traffic stop Monday at 7 a.m. resulted in a vehicle pursuit and then a foot pursuit, leaving one in custody.

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said his officer was trying to pull over a vehicle occupied by two men for a brake light being out and failure to use a turn signal.

“When he tried to pull them over, they immediately started fleeing and went out the west side of town, across the tracks onto Route P,” said Bullock. “They followed P highway out to Highway 8 and onto Old Highway 8.”

Bullock said they continued down the road toward Davis Crossing and turned off onto a gravel road. He added speeds never exceeded 55 mph.

“As they were slowing down on the gravel road the passenger jumped out of the vehicle and started running,” said Bullock. “At that point two officers were in pursuit and one of them stopped to pursue the man who ran off on the foot. The other officer continued following the vehicle.”

Bullock said the driver eventually stopped and exited the vehicle and immediately started to run. The second officer chased the driver.

“The driver was tased twice while being pursued and was taken into custody,” said Bullock. “The driver was a 24-year-old man from Park Hills. The officers did report during the pursuit that he was hitting his brakes trying to get the officer to hit him from behind.”

Municipal charges are being filed against the driver for careless and imprudent driving, driving while suspended or revoked, exceeding the speed limit, failure to maintain a single lane, failure to stop for a stop sign, failure to use a turn signal, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, no proof of insurance and resisting arrest.

The passenger who ran from the vehicle got away, but officers are familiar with him and will eventually bring him into custody, he said. 

“Officers were informed the passenger had a large amount of meth on him and he was convincing the driver to run,” said Bullock. “If he hadn’t ran he would have only had two tickets for minor traffic violations.”

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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