By Gregg Jones
Missourian Staff Writer
A Washington man was arrested Sunday night after causing a crash while driving at a high rate of speed that seriously injured two people.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary report, Ian D. Egli, 25, Washington, was driving a 2007 Hyundai Sonata northbound on Highway 47 shortly after 8 p.m., when the car drove through the red light and struck the side of a 2015 Ford Edge driven westbound on Highway 100 by Jennifer L. Foan, 47, Washington.
Foan and passenger Fred J. Foan, 52, Washington, were transported to Mercy Hospital Washington by Washington Ambulance.
Egli was fleeing the area after an alleged road rage incident that occurred in Union, followed by a pursuit by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to Sheriff Steve Pelton, there was a 911 call at 7:50 p.m. of an incident at Highway A and Independence Drive. Deputies responded to the scene and attempted to stop Egli who sped northbound from authorities.
Washington police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified of the pursuit.
Deputies stopped pursuit of the suspect one mile south of the Highways 47, 100 intersection when his driving became increasingly more dangerous to other motorists, Pelton said.
A few minutes later deputies were informed by dispatchers that Egli caused a crash that involved multiple vehicles.
After the Egli vehicle struck the Foan car, the rear of the Foan vehicle struck a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Kimberly A. Calvert, 51, Washington, and a 2000 Ford Ranger driven by Jonathan T. Smith, 22, St. Louis, the patrol said.
Egli fled on foot from the scene. He was located a short distance from the scene of the crash hiding in tall weeds, authorities stated.
Foan and passenger were transported to Mercy Hospital Washington by Washington Ambulance. They were wearing seat belts, according to the patrol.
Egli was arrested and transported to the Franklin County jail.
Authorities said they will seek charges of resisting arrest, assault and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
According to court records, Egli was charged in March in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree stalking, both felonies and misdemeanor domestic assault.
In the March incident, deputies responded to the 700 block of Homestead Lane in Villa Ridge for a report of a weapons violation.
Egli allegedly pointed a gun at a man while he was inside his vehicle. The victim said he feared being shot so he ducked down in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and drove toward the suspect in an attempt to get away.
Egli was located several hours later in his vehicle, parked roadside on Country Club Road. He was asleep in the vehicle and was taken into custody.