Joshua Epperson

Joshua Epperson

Troy, Mo. - On Sept. 27, Troy man was charged after a chase in the early morning hours of Sept. 24 resulted in a crash that left a woman hospitalized.

At around 1:30 a.m., a Troy Police Department officer observed a silver Buick sedan weaving while traveling north on Main Street near the Boone Street intersection, nearly causing a collision with a parked vehicle.

The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as 37-year-old Joshua Epperson, instead turned west onto Collier Street, south onto Fourth Street, then west onto Boone Street, failing to stop at any stop signs or provide any indication prior to turning.

While on Boone Street, according to the probable cause statement, the Buick accelerated, weaved into oncoming lanes of traffic – and failed to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and sirens.

The vehicle traveled onto Highway J, reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour in the center of the roadway. The Buick then turned north onto Zoar Church Road, careened off the roadway, before coming to rest in the bottom of a creek bed.

The officer exited his patrol vehicle, and told Epperson and his female passenger to exit the vehicle – which was heavily damaged due to the collision. Neither person could comply with the officer’s commands.

Epperson was placed in handcuffs, and was escorted from the vehicle. 

The passenger was escorted from the vehicle – and immediately collapsed. She became unconscious and unresponsive.

Epperson told the officers he had a “parole hold” out of Warren County. A background check showed Epperson’s driver status had been suspended, and he had warrants for his arrest for possession of synthetic marijuana and failure to appear.

The parole violation warrant was confirmed.

The female passenger was later discovered to have sustained severe bleeding as a result of the crash, and underwent emergency surgery.

Epperson was charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, which created a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any individual.

Epperson’s criminal history dates back to 2005, with convictions for burglary, felony theft and possession of a controlled substance.

 

(All persons charged of a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)