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Area man injured in pursuit

An area man is facing several felonies and was injured in a crash after he reportedly fled from police in Maries County on April 10.

Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said a deputy with his sheriff’s office attempted to pull over a motorcycle on Highway 63 inside the Vienna city limits for traveling 71 mph in a 45 mph zone.

“The motorcycle stopped at the intersection of Highway 63 and Ballpark Road,” explained Heitman. “As my corporal approached the motorcycle, the driver rapidly accelerated traveling south on Highway 63.”

Heitman said the motorcycle reached speeds in excess of 135 mph inside the city limits, so his deputy reduced his speed for safety reasons and lost sight of the motorcycle.

“After traveling a few miles south on Highway 63 deputies located the motorcycle wrecked on the side of the roadway,” said Heitman. “Deputies rendered first aid and contacted EMS. The driver was identified as Mark E. Matthews Jr., 31, of Potosi.”

Heitman said Matthews had active warrants for his arrest from Washington County, Franklin County and the Potosi Police Department.

“Matthews was transported to the hospital via helicopter and suffered serious injuries,” said Heitman. “Matthews will be facing additional charges out of Maries County for felony resisting arrest, felony driving while suspended and numerous other traffic violations.”

Heitman said members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the crash and members of the Vienna Fire Department and the Maries Osage Ambulance also assisted.

“I would also like to thank Vienna resident Mark James for stopping and assisting my deputy after the crash happened,” said Heitman. “I am thankful that no innocent civilians were injured during this dangerous chase.”

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Matthews was riding his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Highway 63 when he lost control of the bike and skidded off the west side of the roadway. He then went airborne and was thrown from the bike.

Matthews was airlifted by Mercy Lifeline Air Ambulance to University Columbia Hospital with serious injuries.

A Potosi man reportedly wrecked his motorcycle after reaching speeds of a 133 mph while fleeing from police.

A Potosi man reportedly wrecked his motorcycle after reaching speeds of a 133 mph while fleeing from police.

Matthews

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Emergency responders render first aid to a Potosi man after he reportedly fled from police and wrecked his motorcycle.

Emergency responders render first aid to a Potosi man after he reportedly fled from police and wrecked his motorcycle.

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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