A Barnhart man was charged after he allegedly forcefully entered a home and punched his estranged wife in the face.
Darren A. Vest, 36, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court for first-degree burglary, domestic assault, resisting arrest, failing to a obey traffic control device and failing to drive in a single lane of traffic Monday, July 30.
St. Clair police officers were dispatched to a residence at the 300 block of Lone Oak Drive at 1:07 a.m. on that Monday regarding a domestic assault in progress, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack.
While heading to the residence, officers were notified that Vest had left in a blue Chevrolet Lumina. Police saw Vest traveling south on Highway 47 and turned onto Interstate 44 eastbound.
A police officer followed the vehicle for 7 miles until mile marker 247 before a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper used spikes to deflate the tires of the Chevrolet Lumina, according to Hammack.
The 34-year old victim told police that Vest was her estranged husband and they had separated a year ago.
She stated that she heard a knock at the door and when she went to answer the door, Vest kicked the door in, which knocked her to the floor, according to Hammack. He then punched her in the face.
She also told police that during the assault, she screamed and a neighbor came to check on her and that was when Vest left the scene, according to Hammack. The victim had visible injuries to her face.
Vest’s bond was set at $100,000 cash only, according to Hammack.