Authorities have filed felony and misdemeanor charges against a Sullivan man who led deputies on a lengthy chase Saturday.
Tyson J. Williams, 37, is charged with felony possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and misdemeanor resisting arrest. He is being held on a $30,000 cash-only bond in the case.
A number of law enforcement officers were in the area of Highway 185 and Springfield Road, east of Sullivan, searching for a suspect accused of assaulting a woman when Reserve Deputy Tom Cline, who was in his helicopter, spotted Williams and another suspect on an ATV. When the two spotted law enforcement in the area they fled — Williams on the ATV and the other man on foot, according to reports.
Officers chased Williams around the area for about 45 minutes to an hour before finally taking him into custody.
During the pursuit, the suspect drove the ATV through fields, woods and across Interstate 44 several times and at one point drove the wrong way on the highway, an officer told The Missourian.
Deputies who went to the scene where Cline first spotted the suspects found two active one-pot methamphetamine labs along with chemicals used to make meth, according to a probable cause statement filed in associate circuit court.
Detective Cpl. Scott Briggs of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit said in the statement that officers also had evidence that Williams had purchased pseudoephedrine at a pharmacy in Rolla about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Pseudoephedrine is the vital ingredient needed to make meth.
Williams has a total of 60 felony arrests and 20 convictions, including prior convictions for resisting arrest and drug-related crimes, according to the statement.
Police are searching for the other suspect who fled from the scene.
Williams was one of several people who filed federal civil rights complaints against the city of Gerald over the actions of the police department and Bill Jakob, the Franklin County man who posed as an undercover federal agent. In 2008, Jakob went on raids with Gerald officers, entering homes without search warrants and illegally detaining alleged drug suspects.
Statements from Gerald area residents, who were targets of the raids, led county, state and federal authorities to take a closer look into Jakob’s background and authorities uncovered the ruse that apparently lasted over a month.
Jakob was sentenced later to serve a five-year federal prison term in the case.
Williams, who said he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned by Gerald police and Jakob in an incident that occurred on April 24, 2008, was paid $50,000 in 2010 to resolve the civil rights suit against the city.