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One arrested after Saturday morning pursuit

An area man was arrested after he led police in a pursuit and wrecked into a police car in the early morning hours Saturday.

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said at 12:30 a.m. Saturday one of his officers saw a suspicious person in a Ford pickup truck off Point View Drive.

“The driver was asleep at the time and the officer stopped,” said Calvert. “The subject refused to cooperate with the officer and wouldn’t roll the window down. He refused to cooperate with anything or identify himself. He then used profanity towards the officer and drove off.”

Calvert said the man accelerated at a high rate of speed down Point View Drive. He added there were two Bonne Terre officers at the traffic stop and the man failed to yield to their emergency lights and sirens.

“He turned off Point View onto Route K, went down the road and then turned onto northbound U.S. Highway 67 where another Bonne Terre car entered into the pursuit,” Calvert said. “The driver was going at high rates of speed and was recklessly driving on Highway 67 trying to cause an accident.”

Calvert added he was ready to tell them to terminate the pursuit, but that was when the driver deliberately rammed into one of the Bonne Terre police cars, so they continued.

“After he rammed the officer’s car I told them to continue,” said Calvert. “He turned back south towards Bonne Terre and took the round-about exit at Old Orchard. Desloge Police set up spike strips near McDowell South RV on 67, but the subject exited at Old Orchard.”

Calvert explained the man went into the round-about at a high rate of speed, causing him to lose control, slide into a curve, taking the sidewall out of the driver’s side front tire, which made the vehicle come to a stop.

“The subject was taken into custody without further incident,” said Calvert. “There was cosmetic damage done to the car and the officer was not injured. It’s drivable, but it looks a little rough on the passenger side fender.”

Calvert believes the man fled because he thought he had an outstanding warrant in Iron County, but he had in fact posted bond on it on March 27. He added none of the officers or the suspect were hurt during the chase.

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked the officer’s accident and handled that report,” said Calvert. “They are going to have to pull the fender off the patrol car to repair it and paint it. It’s a 2013 car and only has 37,000 miles on it.”

Calvert said it’s one of his better cars that was damaged, but fortunately it wasn’t worse and no one was injured. He added they will be seeking charges against the man, but doesn’t know if they will be municipal charges or state charges at this time.

A Bonne Terre police car is damaged during a pursuit when the suspect allegedly rammed the patrol car.

A Bonne Terre police car is damaged during a pursuit when the suspect allegedly rammed the patrol car.

The fender on a Bonne Terre patrol car is damaged after a pursuit over the weekend.

The fender on a Bonne Terre patrol car is damaged after a pursuit over the weekend.

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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