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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Man arrested after chase

Thursday, September 12, 2002

CARUTHERSVILLE - A suspect is in custody after leading law enforcement a high-speed chase late Wednesday.

At 11:20 p.m. Pemiscot County deputies attempted to stop a vehicle west of Steele on Highway 164. The driver evaded officers and a pursuit began.

The driver managed to lose the officers as he traveled the dusty rural roads, however license information and a vehicle description was relayed to other law enforcement personnel.

A short time later the vehicle was spotted by another Pemiscot County deputy and a second attempt was made to stop it. A second pursuit began south of the Cooter/Holland overpass on County Road 559.

The car veered into a cotton field and attempted to run over a deputy and the Cooter police chief, who was assisting in the apprehension attempt. The chase continued along several backroads and onto Interstate 55 at Steele, when the driver drove northbound through a southbound construction area at speeds reaching 90 miles per hour.

"At one point the pursuit was terminated in the interest of public safety, however the driver continued to drive with no concern for other motorists' welfare and the pursuit was picked up again once traffic cleared the construction zone," a department spokesman said.

Exiting the interstate at Hayti, the driver continued to be pursued by officers into Hayti, where the vehicle struck a residence at the corner of Deeds and West Main streets. The driver fled from the car and a foot pursuit began.

A search of several buildings was conducted by deputies, Cooter, Steele and Hayti police officers and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The suspect was found hiding in an apartment.

John Henry Robinson, 19, of Steele is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail with no bond allowed on felony charges of two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations. Also he was wanted on a probation violation on a sexual abuse charge.