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Three people were injured in a crash on Highway 8 in Park Hills after they led police in a pursuit Tuesday afternoon.

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said officers were made aware of a person who Park Hills Police were looking for in reference to a theft from a business there earlier in the day.

“My officer located the vehicle and made a traffic stop on it on South Desloge Drive,” said Bullock. “Then when a second officer arrived to assist with the traffic stop, the driver and passengers in the vehicle fled south on Desloge Drive.”

Bullock said they then turned west on Highway 8 giving chase and ended up in a rollover accident near Bannister City Trailer Court on Highway 8.

“The driver was trying to crawl out of the vehicle when they approached him and that was when he had to be subdued,” said Bullock. “The other two passengers were injured in the crash, then the driver, however, wound up being airlifted. It’s unknown why, because when he was in the ambulance he was talking and appeared to be alright. Then all of a sudden he started going unconscious. Which, we don’t know, but, he probably swallowed dope.”

Bullock said all three people were taken to be treated and no one had warrants they are aware of at this time.

“We did find a firearm in the vehicle with the serial numbers removed and a substantial amount of controlled substances,” said Bullock. “There was meth, pills, marijuana and what we believe to be dab and several paraphernalia items.”

Dab is another name for a type of BHO, also known as butane hash oil. This concentrated form of marijuana is made by using butane to extract THC from the dried cannabis leaves.

“A man in his 50s and a woman in her 30s will face potential state charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a defaced firearm and there will be possible assault charges against the driver, along with other traffic charges,” said Bullock.

He said it’s unclear how fast the suspect was driving, but according to his officer, the driver tried to pass another vehicle in the grass on the right side and the car flipped.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Gary Decker, 53, of Bonne Terre, was eluding the Desloge Police Department in his 2009 Chevrolet Impala west of Sherwood Forest Drive when he attempted to pass a vehicle on the right side of the road. Decker lost control of the Impala. It returned to the roadway and overturned.

Decker was not wearing his seat belt and was moderately injured. He was taken to Mercy Hospital-St. Louis by Air Evac. His passenger, Ginger Degonia, 39, of Bonne Terre, was also moderately injured and was taken St. Anthony’s Medical Center by St. Francois County Ambulance. She was wearing her seat belt.

Decker’s other passenger, Nathan Driemeier, 35, also of Bonne Terre, was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Parkland Health Center with minor injuries.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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