Moscow Mills, Mo. - A St. Louis County man has been charged after a wild high-speed chase through a pair of counties.
At around 5 p.m. on Oct. 1, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified Pike County Sheriff’s deputies were in pursuit of a dark brown, four-door Volkswagen passenger vehicle traveling south on Highway 61 out of Eolia.
LCSO deputies spotted the vehicle at the Cuivre River Bridge, and joined the pursuit. The vehicle began to accelerate, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, passing several vehicles in the process.
Approximately a half-mile east of the Highway C exit in Moscow Mills, the suspect’s vehicle entered a large amount of traffic – and traveled onto the outside shoulder of the roadway – passing several vehicles, before turning onto a driveway at the 900 block of South Highway 61.
The Volkswagen then continued along the driveway for about another 100 yards with a LCSO deputy following closely behind it, before the vehicle entered a ditch. The driver, later identified as Deveion Cannon, 19, and his passenger then fled the vehicle, ignoring the deputies’ commands to stop running.
The passenger was located about 100 yards from the scene and taken into custody. Cannon continued to run east, crossed all four lanes of traffic on Hwy 61, John Deere Drive and turned east. He then crossed Tropicana Drive and entered a large field area and continued to run east – before finally being taken into custody at the southeast edge of the field by deputies.
During the foot pursuit of Cannon, one of the deputies fell to the ground, and suffered a concussion. He has been treated for his injuries.
Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell said it is surprising no one was other than the deputy was injured through Cannon’s actions – and that too many people are becoming victims on local roads.
“More than half of all fatal crashes involve an aggressive driver,” he said. “We want to emphasize the dangers of impaired driving, speed and aggressive driving as a contributing circumstance in fatal crashes.
“We’re lucky no one was hurt in this circumstance.”
Cannon has been charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person. Bond has been set at $25,000, cash-only.
(All persons charged of a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)