Reckless driver in Columbia

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A man under the influence of drugs driving a silver 2005 Chevrolet Colorado with Missouri plates had police attempting to pull him over in Columbia on Thursday night, after which he continued north on I-255 and then west into Missouri before finally being apprehended.

The truck, which was driving at a slow rate of speed and unable to maintain lanes on I-255 into Columbia and then south on Main Street to Route 3 in Columbia shortly before 8 p.m., appeared to have front-end damage due to a recent crash. The truck reportedly made multiple U-turns north and south on Route 3 in Columbia before eventually continuing north to I-255. Assisting police units blocked traffic for a short time on Route 3 at Valmeyer Road to protect other motorists.

With police following behind, the truck drove over spike strips on I-255 westbound just prior to the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. Still, this truck continued on at speeds below 20 miles per hour with police following as it slowly crossed over into Missouri. The truck stopped briefly on the middle of the interstate in St. Louis County, after which officers attempted to get the driver to surrender. The truck continued on for a very short distance but drive over spike strips again and came to its final stop near the Lemay Ferry Road exit shortly before 8:25 p.m.

The driver, who was not comprehending commands from officers at the scene, appeared to be reaching for something inside the truck when officers broke out a passenger window and administered a Taser to subdue him.

An officer requested Mehlville EMS and St. Louis County Police Department assistance due to the Taser being deployed on the driver, identified as a 46-year-old man from High Ridge, Mo. He was transported to Mercy Hospital South and faces charges of DUI (drugs), aggravated fleeing/eluding and reckless driving.

Police said a knife was found near the driver’s seat of the truck in addition to a gun holster and a loaded 45-caliber magazine. No gun was located inside the truck, however.

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