Beer purchase leads to arrest


A Park Hills man is jailed after leaving the scene of a November crash in Washington County.

Robert Radford Jr., 38, of Park Hills, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving while revoked/suspended, possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident. His bond is set at $50,000.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol probable cause statement, on November 16, just after 2 p.m., a trooper was dispatched to the scene of an automobile accident at Highway 8 and Route AA in Washington County.

Dispatch advised that a person driving a green Ford F-150 had left the scene of the accident on foot. On arrival at the crash, the officer observed a green Ford F-150 in the middle of Highway 8. The driver of a Dodge vehicle was still on the scene and advised the officer that he was driving eastbound on Highway 8 when the green Ford turned into the side of his vehicle.

The report states that the man told the officer that a man got out of the green truck and fled the scene on foot walking south toward the saw mill.

During an inventory of the truck, the officer located a plastic cigarette wrapper containing a white crystal substance in the driver side floor board. The truck was towed and the substance was packaged and sent to the crime lab for testing.

After leaving the accident scene the trooper went into P and L grocery which is located near the crash scene. The report states that the officer saw a white male with a cut on his neck attempting to buy Milwaukee’s Best, which was the same brand of beer found left inside the green truck.

The trooper asked the man what had happened to his neck and he stated, “he didn’t know, a tree limb must have hit it.” The officer asked the man his name and he identified himself as “Robert Radford.”

After obtaining surveillance videos and having the gas station attendant come in for a lineup, it was determined that Robert Radford Jr. had been the one driving the green truck prior to the accident, as he had previously been in the store to buy beer before the crash as well.

Prior to the November accident, Radford had just been recently released from the Missouri Department of Corrections after serving a four-year sentence handed down in 2014 for resisting arrest out of Farmington that occurred in 2010. Radford also served a concurrent sentence for DWI in 2013 and had been on a suspended execution of sentence for a felony assault occurring in Park Hills in which he pleaded guilty in 2012.

In addition, Radford served six years in 2007 for assault on a law enforcement officer and served a shock incarceration of 120 days for theft in 2005.

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Matt McFarland is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616, or at mmcfarland@dailyjournalonline.com.


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