CARUTHERSVILLE - A Hayti man is in custody after leading law enforcement officials in a chase through Pemiscot County.
A 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Caruthersville Police were advised of a vehicle pursuit through the city by a Missouri State Highway Patrol and Pemiscot County Sheriff deputies. The Caruthersville police joined the pursuit around Route U and Ward Avenue where the driver of the suspect vehicle almost collided with a Caruthersville police car.
The vehicle traveled several streets in Caruthersville then headed to Hayti. Continuing to evade officers, the vehicle left the Hayti area, traveled on the interstate, returning to Caruthersville.
The vehicle traveled along several residential streets before again attempting to leave Caruthersville along Route U. A spike strip was deployed on Route U at England Park deflating two of the vehicle's tires.
The chase continued west on Route U however at much lower speeds. At the two mile marker on Interstate 155, the vehicle stopped and the driver attempted to flee on foot. The driver was taken into custody after a short pursuit.
The 20-year old man is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail on numerous traffic charges filed by the Caruthersville and Hayti Police Departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Also he is charged with second degree assault of a law enforcement officer after a Caruthersville officer was injured while trying to take the suspect into custody.
The officer was treated for minor injuries at the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital and released.