A Hermann area man who led law enforcement officers on a lengthy pursuit Monday in Franklin and Gasconade counties is being held on felony charges.
Gasconade County Sheriff Randy Esphorst said 22-year-old Jonathan G. Jacobi is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, both felonies, in the incident. A $20,000 bond was set in that case.
Jacobi led officers on a 45-minute pursuit that started in Gasconade County and ended on Highway Y, north of Gerald, in Franklin County when officers managed to disable the pickup truck he was driving with spike strips placed on the highway, according to reports.
The pursuit involved Franklin and Gasconade County deputies, Missouri Highway Patrol troopers and Hermann police officers.
Jacobi likely will face multiple charges in other jurisdictions as well in connection with a series of alleged crimes that occurred over the last three days, authorities said.
Jacobi is suspected of stealing the 2004 Ford F-350 pickup truck he was driving Monday. The truck was reported stolen Saturday from Potosi in Washington County.
Later, a De Soto police officer got in pursuit of the truck in Jefferson County but crashed his patrol car during the chase. That officer is hospitalized, Sheriff Esphorst said. About 11:30 a.m. Monday, a Hermann police officer attempted to stop the vehicle as part of an investigation of numerous gasoline thefts in the region and discovered it was stolen.
The officer pursued the vehicle for a distance but was forced to terminate the chase due to unsafe road conditions, brought on by the recent snowstorm, Esphorst said.
Officers later received a tip and located the suspect’s vehicle on Zero Road near the Franklin/Gasconade County line.
They pursued the suspect on a farm road that led to the Missouri River bottoms, but got the patrol car stuck in mud and snow. The suspect’s truck also got stuck but he managed to get free and continued back toward Zero Road and onto eastbound Highway 100 where Sheriff Esphorst took up the pursuit and was joined by a complement of officers from several agencies.
The chase proceeded through parts of Franklin and Gasconade counties until the suspect was stopped on Route Y.
At that point, the suspect surrendered without resistance, according to the sheriff.
During questioning, officers determined that Jacobi had discarded a handgun during the pursuit and later recovered the weapon.
The gun was identified as one stolen from a vehicle in Hermann previously.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said Jacobi also is a suspect in last week’s investigation of a stolen car that was set on fire in a field off Berger Bottom Road in Franklin County.
A backpack found in the truck matched the description of one reported stolen from the car.
Esphorst said the investigation provided leads that will assist in solving other recent crimes, including vehicle thefts.
The sheriff complimented all law enforcement officers “who worked extremely well together to bring the nearly 45-minute chase to a safe end and take the suspect into custody without incident or injury.”
Jacobi has other charges pending in Franklin and Gasconade counties, according to online court records.