Troy, Mo. - On Sept. 20, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a St. Louis County man after a high-speed chase that ran through several jurisdictions and two counties.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, a Troy Police Department officer observed an orange Dodge Charger traveling northbound 80 miles per hour in a 60 mph speed zone on Highway 61.
The vehicle then drove onto the shoulder at the South Lincoln Drive exit, and proceeded to go around vehicles attempting to use the exit aggressively.
When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Daniel Guffey, 43, of St. Ann, accelerated his vehicle to speeds greater than 80 mph and failed to yield, exiting Hwy 61 at Highway 47.
According to the probable cause statement, Guffey passed other vehicles on the shoulder, drifting into opposing lanes of traffic several times, forcing several vehicles off the road to avoid collisions.
The chase continued south onto Highway 79, through the stop sign, with speeds in excess of 110 mph. An Old Monroe Police Department officer attempted to stop Guffey’s vehicle, but the Charger moved into the northbound lane, forcing the officer to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision.
Guffey continued to drive recklessly on Hwy 79, nearly striking multiple vehicles, according to the probable cause statement, before merging on to Interstate 70. Law enforcement officers nearly lost sight of it before getting reports of Guffey getting on to the Mid Rivers Mall Drive exit, and fleeing on foot near a local business in St. Peters.
O’Fallon Police Department officers deployed a K9 unit, who located Guffey hiding on a property on Dubray Drive. Guffey was taken into custody without incident, and transported to the Troy Police Department.
After waiving his Miranda Rights, Guffey said he fled because the vehicle had stolen property inside of it.
Guffey has been charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, which created a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any individual. Bond has been set at $100,000, cash only.
Guffey has a criminal record dating back to 1995, with convictions for burglary, stealing, theft, possession of a controlled substance, assault, tampering of a motor vehicle, distribution of a controlled substance and felony resisting arrest.