In what has become a common sight in Lincoln County, a wild chase led to an arrest in Troy.
At about 4 p.m. on April 21, a Troy police officer spotted a black motorcycle heading westbound on Highway 47 with a license plate that was unreadable because it was covered in mud. The driver saw the police cruiser and pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot without making electronic or hand signals.
When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the motorcycle rider looked back – and accelerated through the parking lot of the Murphy USA gas station, riding around several gas pumps and people fueling their vehicles in the process.
The rider then continued through the Wal-Mart parking lot as the officer gave chase, driving erratically through parking spots in an attempt to evade the officer while other motorists and pedestrians were in the area, causing a dangerous situation for everyone involved.
The chase continued as the motorcycle ran the red light at the intersection of East Highway 47 and Villa Drive. During the chase, the motorcycle rider ran through three more red lights, forcing vehicles to stop to avoid collisions.
The rider made one last left turn onto the northbound ramp toward U.S. Highway 61, but his motorcycle malfunctioned, ending the chase. The subject was taken into custody at approximately around 4:15 p.m.
Though he didn’t resist at the time of arrest, the man had no identification on his person. He gave officers the name of “Alex Cook,” with multiple dates of birth, none matching who he really was. The man then refused to give his true identity.
The Winfield Police Department was called in to bring a portable fingerprint identification system. The man was fingerprinted at Mercy Hospital Lincoln using the device, which gave his real name, Dallas Cook, 42, of Maryland Heights.
“We have to thank the Winfield Police Department for having the portable fingerprint machine on hand, because we would have been unable to get (Cook’s) true identity otherwise,” said Lt. Roger Mauzy of the Troy Police Department. “In 20 years, I’ve never had a case where someone had refused to give his true identity like this.”
A background check of Cook came back with an active felony warrant for his arrest out of St. Charles County for failing to register as a sex offender since June of 2020. Cook has been required to register due to a 2015 conviction for attempted sexual abuse in the first degree involving a 13-year-old girl in Columbia County, Oregon.
When asked about the warrant, Cook said he knew about it – and Mauzy believes the warrant was a motivation for him to flee from police.
Cook has been charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death. The Honorable Gregory Allsberry set a cash-only bond of $50,000.
Mauzy commended his officer for his conduct during the chase, and also said it was a miracle no one was injured – or worse.
“In this day and age when law enforcement is in such scrutiny, our officer tried to initiate a traffic stop,” Mauzy said. “(Cook) chose to run, and nearly hit several people, and (our officer) had to start a chase.
“In a situation like that, you have a split-second to decide what to do. (Cook) posed a great danger – and it is our duty to protect the people of this town – and we were able to do that without causing any injuries.”
The motorcycle was bearing a license plate that was not registered or on file with the Missouri Department of Revenue. Officers were also unable to determine a make or model, because the VIN numbers were defaced, and the motorcycle was painted black, leading to the possibility it could be stolen.
Mauzy said the investigation is still active, and more charges could be filed.
(All persons charged of a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)