A St. Clair man was charged Monday for altering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a stolen truck.
Wesley D. Godat, 41, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with altering or removing item numbers to deprive a lawful owner. Prosecutors requested a $10,000 bond for Godat’s release.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, during a vehicle inspection Godat was in possession of a 2007 Ford F-350 with a VIN from a 2003 Ford F-250 attached to the dashboard.
During the inspection, the secondary VIN on the vehicle was for a 2007 Ford F-350 reported stolen from a car dealership in O’Fallon, Mo., June 7, 2016, the patrol said.
The dashboard VIN was for a Ford F-250 owned by Godat
A title history was conducted on the Ford F-250 showing that Godat was the owner of the VIN plate attached to the stolen F-350.
In January 2017, Godat was charged with felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a detective with the Multi-jurisdictional Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit saw Godat driving eastbound on Highway 30 near Highway K.
Godat was wanted on a warrant from the city of St. Clair for failing to appear in court.
The detective contacted deputies to assist in the pursuit of the Godat vehicle. However, the pursuit was quickly terminated because Godat was driving at a high rate of speed.
A short time later, the Godat vehicle nearly struck a Franklin County deputy’s cruiser on Yellow Dog Road in the Lonedell area. The deputy was responding to the area to assist in a search for the suspect.