Derrick Howard

Authorities filed felony and misdemeanor charges against the man who led deputies on a high-speed chase Tuesday before abandoning the truck he was driving on Diener Road and fleeing on foot.

Derrick L. Howard, 24, was taken into custody shortly before 1:30 p.m. following a manhunt by Franklin County deputies, Washington police and Missouri Highway Patrol troopers. Officers found him hiding behind a house on nearby Holtgrewe Road.

Howard was carrying an assault-type rifle when he fled on foot into a wooded area, prompting the lockdown of district schools in Washington while police searched for the man.

Howard is charged in a warrant issued Wednesday with resisting arrest and second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of driving with a revoked license and careless and imprudent driving.

Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said the driving while revoked charge may be elevated to a felony because of prior convictions for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Stealing Charge

Howard also is charged in a separate warrant with stealing leased or rented property. That warrant, also issued Wednesday, alleges that Howard failed to return two televisions rented from Household Sales and Leasing in Washington. The TVs were valued at $1,259 and $2,469, according to a probable cause statement filed in associate circuit court.

The lease agreement called for the sets to be returned to the business Oct. 28. The case was investigated by Washington police.

Separate $25,000 cash-only bonds were set in the felony cases.

The Chase

Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner was driving on Highway A in the Krakow area shortly before 1 p.m. when the suspect passed his car forcing him off the roadway, according to reports.

Grellner then began pursuing the suspect, who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck, and observed him almost strike several other vehicles, forcing oncoming drivers off the road near Four Mile Road, Julie Lane and Pottery Road.

After officers captured the man he initially denied having a gun. He later took deputies to the spot where he had hidden the rifle in a tree.

Cpl. Scott Briggs of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit said a shotgun also was found in the truck along with suspected drug paraphernalia and a plastic bag with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Authorities confirmed that the truck Howard was driving was borrowed from another man and was not stolen.

The rifle and shotgun belonged to Howard.

The warrants list the man as being homeless, but authorities said he previously lived in Union.