Two men drove through school property in Troy last week in an attempt to evade police officers.
On Nov. 17, officers from Wentzillve’s police department attempted to stop a white SUV – which was suspected to have been used in the execution of a burglary in the city – but the driver of the vehicle fled, and the police issued a stop and hold on the SUV.
Three days later, Troy police officers located the suspected vehicle at the 100 Block of Blair Avenue, in Troy.
After the officers established a perimeter, two Troy cops approached the house and began knocking on the front and side doors of the house.
No one answered, but approximately 20 minutes later, two men – later identified as Dennis Blair Jr. and Mark Hill – entered the white SUV, with Blair in the driver’s seat.
A Troy press release stated the SUV was driven off-road through the grass on the residence and onto Main Street Elementary property “in an attempt to evade officers,” but a Troy detective was nearby and waiting at Clonts Field.
“Blair turned left, heading west behind Clont’s Field,” the release said. “The Troy detective activated his emergency lights and began traveling east to intercept the vehicle to prevent a possible vehicle pursuit.
The Troy detective exited his patrol vehicle with emergency lights activated and ordered the driver and passenger to stop and exit the vehicle.
Mark Hill exited the passenger side of the vehicle and began running south way from the vehicle towards the wood line.”
The release said that the detective continued to tell Blair to stop the SUV and exit, but that “Blair continued driving towards the detective striking him with the vehicle.”
“Upon striking the detective Blair stopped the vehicle,” the release states. “Blair was ordered out of the vehicle and down to the ground. As the Detective was attempting to handcuff Blair, he continued to fight and resist arrest. After a short struggle, another officer arrived on scene and assisted in taking Blair into custody.”
Officers pursued Hill on foot into the tree line south of school property, where he was apprehended without further incident.
The release said a number of the Lincoln County R-III School District campuses were put into a soft lockdown during the event, and added that no community members or police were hurt during the incident.
Hill was taken into custody due to an outstanding warrant, and additional charges from the Nov. 20 incident are pending.
Dennis M. Blair Jr was charged with Assault in the First Degree which is a class A Felony. The Honorable Judge Beck set bond at $300,000 cash only.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.