Charges were filed Friday afternoon against a man who was pursued through two counties and jumped into the Missouri River at Washington trying to evade capture.
Corey B. Lacey, 37, Cedar Hill, was charged in the 12th District Associate Circuit Court Montgomery County with second-degree assault of a special victim and resisting arrest for a felony. He was charged with misdemeanors of speeding and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
According to the probable cause statement filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pursuit of the truck Lacey was driving began Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 70 in Montgomery County.
Authorities allege Lacey attempted to strike a patrol car twice with the truck.
During the pursuit he drove in the grass median of I-70 and avoided spike strips in the area of Highway 19.
Lacey left the interstate at the Warrenton exit and turned right onto Highway 47 south, the patrol said. He ran a red stop light on Highway 47 at Veterans Memorial Parkway at a speed of 65 mph where the speed limit is 35 mph nearly causing a collision.
Washington police deployed spike strips on Highway 47 north of the Missouri River bridge, which slowly let air out of the truck’s tires, but it traveled some distance before the tires went completely flat.
Lacey drove across the bridge to East Fifth Street, made a turn toward the river on Washington Avenue, came to a stop at the dead end and bailed out of the truck. He then ran through a wooded area, across train tracks and went down a 20-foot bluff and into the Missouri River.
Lacey was captured by members of the Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Washington Fire Department. Both agencies responded to the scene to assist with the pursuit and search for the man.
After he abandoned the truck, while it was still moving and in gear, a trooper struck the vehicle to redirect it from hitting a home at No. 1 River Pilot Point.
When he was pulled from the water and put into a fire department rescue boat, the suspect was no longer wearing shoes. One had been lost before he jumped into the river.
Lacey was arrested by the patrol and taken into custody at the Montgomery County Jail where he is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
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The charges were issued Friday after the Missourian had gone to press.