Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden said detectives were in the area of the 500 block of Cole Street around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday looking for a subject, when they observed Darius Johnson, 33, of Milwaukee around a residence and called in a check on him as they continued searching for the original subject being sought. Johnson got into his car and started to drive away just as the detectives received word from DPS dispatch of a felony Scott County probation warrant for Johnson's arrest.
Officers tried to initiate a vehicle stop on Johnson, but he refused and began to speed up and make a number of rapid turns to avoid apprehension. Johnson was able to get on to West Malone then on to Highway 114 traveling at speeds of 60 to 80 mph, blocking passage with his vehicle. After leaving Sikeston, the Missouri State Highway Patrol joined in the pursuit which went south on BB Highway and then west on Highway 60.
Officers were able to get ahead of Johnson and attempted the use of stop sticks, which were unsuccessful, at the Morehouse intersection on Highway 60. Traveling west, he then turned south on Highway 114, just west of Morehouse. Officers still in pursuit, tried the stop sticks near Essex, with no success this time either.
When officers used the stop sticks a third time near Hunterville on Highway 114, two of Johnson's tires were deflated. In a last ditch effort, Johnson exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was taken into custody in a field a short distance away.
Johnson was taken back to DPS headquarters where he was detained until his transport to the Scott County Sheriff's Department where he is under $2,500 bond. Additional charges are expected in regard to the pursuit.