A Jefferson County man with an extensive rap sheet, included 24 felony convictions, was nabbed by authorities Wednesday in a stolen truck.
Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said dispatchers received a report Wednesday at 6 a.m. that a Chevy Colorado truck had been stolen on Virginia Mines Road in St. Clair.
The truck was last seen traveling eastbound toward Highway 30. A Franklin County detective who was in the area of Highways 30 and 47 stopped and waited for the truck that was traveling toward his location.
A few moments later, the truck was eastbound on Highway 30 and
passed the parked detective’s vehicle. The detective attempted to stop the truck, but the driver, later identified as Richard W. Christian, 31, De Soto, refused to stop the vehicle, according to Pelton.
A pursuit began on Highway 30, traveling into Jefferson County where Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit of the truck.
Authorities allege Christian drove the truck on Highway Y to Highway H where it “spun out” and reversed course toward the detective’s vehicle. The detective lost sight of the vehicle after turning around.
A search of the area was conducted and the detective located Christian walking on Joe Buck Road where he was taken into custody.
Christian was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with felonies of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $15,000 cash-only bond.
Christian was sentenced to five years’ probation and a long-term drug treatment program in 2016 on 24 counts of crimes involving motor vehicle theft, burglaries, property damages, and receiving stolen property.
A revocation of probation is being sought through the Jefferson County Probation and Parole Office.
Pelton thanked the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance.