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Man in custody following high speed vehicle chase

Monday, August 29, 2005

SIKESTON - A Sikeston man is in jail on multiple violations after a high-speed chase through Sikeston Sunday.

The pursuit started just after 3:30 p.m. when Public Safety Officer Bobby Sullivan spotted Jeremiah Watson, 26, behind the wheel of a vehicle near Ruth and Branum.

After receiving confirmation from dispatch that Watson's operator's license was invalid, Sullivan put on his emergency lights and siren as the vehicle turned south onto Clayton and continued at about 30 to 35 mph.

The vehicle reportedly ran the stop sign at Clayton and West Murray before heading north on Carroll and speeding up.

The vehicle reportedly ran through the Carroll-William intersection at about 65 mph, according to DPS reports. After running another stop sign at the Carroll and Ruth intersection, the vehicle lost control while attempting a turn eastbound onto Ruth, ran through a yard and hit a home on the north side of Ruth.

The vehicle then backed up, drove through another yard toward the street.

As the vehicle made its way across the sidewalk to the street, Sullivan "could see several kids outside in the yard trying to get out of his way," according to his report.

A woman pulled a boy off a bicycle just before Watson's vehicle hit it and began dragging the bike under the car.

At this point Sullivan decided to stop pursuing the vehicle as it was becoming too dangerous.

PSO Steve Palmer was at Scott and Ruth and observed the vehicle attempt to turn south onto Scott, lose control and hit a tree on the southeast corner disabling the vehicle.

Watson then reportedly ran south on foot. Palmer pursued him on foot for about a block and a half when the suspect turned west to run down an alley between Ruth and Dorothy, then south toward Dorothy.

Palmer lost sight of the subject but found his blue and black shoes.

As other officers arrived in the area, Watson gave up and was arrested at Dorothy and School.

Charges on Watson include driving with no operator's license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, second degree assault, resisting arrest by fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, first degree property damage, four stop sign violations, careless and imprudent driving, and driving with no insurance.

He is reportedly on parole having been recently released from house arrest after serving time in prison on drug offenses.

Watson is presently being held at Sikeston's holding facility awaiting transport to the Scott County Jail. His bond has been set at $70,000.