UPDATE: Troopers Catch McFerrin in Phelps County; Charged in Fatal Crash - The Missourian: Local News

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UPDATE: Troopers Catch McFerrin in Phelps County; Charged in Fatal Crash

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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:43 pm | Updated: 10:24 am, Mon Jul 21, 2014.

UPDATE: A man being sought in a fatal car crash Saturday evening is now in custody. 

A spokesman for Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that Joshua McFerrin was in a car that was stopped Thursday afternoon by troopers on Highway 68, south of St. James. 

Troopers stopped the car about 4:44 p.m.,Sgt. Crane of Troop I told The Missourian. 

Few other details were available at this post because troopers were still processing the scene, Sgt. Crane said.

It's not certain where McFerrin will be housed until he is arraigned on felony charges. 

At this time he is facing one count of manslaughter in the deaths of two people in the crash at Villa Ridge. Additional charges are expected to be filed in the crash.

McFerrin, 36, St. Clair, has been on the run since he walked away Saturday evening from the Mercy Hospital Washington emergency room where he was taken by ambulance following the crash.

Earlier Update

Two people died in the crash at Highway 100 and Route M and a third person was seriously injured, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The suspect, Joshua McFerrin, 36, St.Clair, was still at-large Monday. He is charged with one count of manslaughter in the complaint issued by Associate Circuit Judge Dave Hoven.

Judge Hoven set McFerrin's bond in the case at $500,000 cash-only.

Additional charges are likely to be filed after the suspect is caught.

Execute Search Warrant

On Sunday, members of the Franklin County SWAT team assisted highway patrol troopers in serving a search warrant at a home on Diederich Road in the Berger area.

Authorities suspected that McFerrin was at the home. However, he was not there when officers searched the property.

Earlier Story

McFerrin was driving a Dodge Stratus westbound on Highway 100 shortly after 6:30 p.m. when he made a left turn at Highway M and pulled into the path of an eastbound car driven by Jo Knipe,60, Robertsville.

Two passengers in McFerrin's car, Mitchell Mantels, 56, Villa Ridge, and Tarlton Stephens, 46, St. Clair, were killed in crash. Another passenger, Shanna Wilken, 30, St. Clair, was seriously injured.

McFerrin was taken to Mercy Hospital Washington with moderate injuries. But he fled  from the hospital emergency room as he was about to be arrested by the Missouri Highway Patrol — which investigated the crash — on suspicion of drunk driving. He was last seen running toward the Washington riverfront trail, leading to a major manhunt. 

McFerrin had been in the county jail last week on traffic charges but he was released, the sheriff told The Missourian.

McFerrin previously served time in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to charges of assaulting law enforcement officers and resisting arrest by fleeing, according to online court records. 

Check back for updates.

Earlier Story

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that Jo Knipe and a passenger, Kenneth Knipe, 60, Robertsville, sustained moderate injuries in the crash.

The report states that the McFerrin vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 100 and entered the left turn lane. The driver failed to stop at a traffic signal and turned into the path of the Jo Knipe vehicle.

Mantel and Stephens were pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident.

Wilken was transported by air evac to to Mercy Hospital Creve Coeur while the others involved were taken to Mercy Hospital Washington.

McFerrin’s injuries were listed as moderate and Wilken’s injuries were listed as serious. Both of the Knipes injuries were listed as minor.

Police were searching for McFerrin after he fled from Mercy Hospital Washington, but it is still unclear whether he has been apprehended.

EARLIER UPDATE: According to news reports, there were two fatalities in the two-vehicle accident at Highway 100 and Highway M earlier this evening.

EARLIER UPDATE: An aircraft from Jefferson City is in route to assist in the search.

EARLIER STORY: A manhunt is underway on the Washington Riverfront for a man who fled Mercy Hospital Saturday evening after being treated for injuries he sustained in an accident where another individual was killed.

Washington police and Franklin county sheriff's deputies are stationed at both the east and west entrances to the Washington Riverfront trail and are conducting a search for the suspect who was involved in the accident at Highway 100 and Highway M  around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

After the accident, the man was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington where he fled a short time later.  Police began searching the Washington Riverfront trail and were still in that area at 8 50 p.m.

Police are using canine units to search for the man.

More information will be added to this story when it becomes available.

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