Sheriff: Car thief rams deputies' car, drives across lawns, field in chase

7 months 21 hours 22 minutes ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 6:00:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

MONITEAU COUNTY - An Eldon man is facing a slew of charges after a chase that started in Clarksburg and ended up more than 20 miles away in Jamestown, with a banged-up patrol car, a smashed out window, a TASER and pepper spray

A press release from the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office reads like a high-octane movie script. It says Preston James Cash, 20, fled police twice in two days, once on foot and once by car.

It started Friday when deputies from Moniteau County went to Cooper County to assist in a stolen vehicle investigation. They spotted a truck matching the description and attempted to stop it. The statement said Cash drove the truck into the woods nearby and then ran, prompting an extensive search.

Cooper County sheriff's deputies, Tipton Police officers and troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol joined in to form a perimeter. Then MSPH air patrol flew over to join the search. Those efforts were later called off because of poor visibility.

Things got started again early Saturday, when a woman called the Cooper County Sheriff's office to say a man was banging on her door. She described someone who matched Cash's description. Before deputies could get there, the statement said, Cash stole a vehicle. It was later spotted by deputies and a second chase began.

The Moniteau County Sherrif's Office said Cash drove through several yards and fences before stopping. When a deputy got out and approached Cash, the statement said, Cash rammed the vehicle into the deputy's car and speed away, starting another chase.

The deputy said Cash later turned into a farm and drove into a field before coming to a stop. The deputy got out of his car, and broke the stolen vehicle's driver's side window. He said Cash was reaching for something in the backseat, so he used his taser and pepper spray, then pulled chase out of the vehicle. Deputies later found a gun there, the statement said.

Cash faces charges including assault on a police officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, property damage and failure to yield. He is being questioned about other thefts in multiple counties.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A grant wants to help revitalize an old section of Columbia and make it a hub for small... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:03:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man Wednesday morning following a chase throughout eastern Boone County. The chase started... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:16:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Both westbound lanes of I-70 east of Kingdom City were back open following a crash Wednesday morning.... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:09:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Two medical marijuana November ballot measures are going to court ahead of the election, less than three months... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:13:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:20:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
BEVIER, Mo. (AP) — A suspect is hospitalized after being shot by a sheriff's deputy in north-central Missouri. Macon... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:11:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shots fired case in northeast Columbia. Around 2 a.m.... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:50:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Assistant Police Chief John Gordon says the police department will be beefing up patrols in downtown Columbia this... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:30:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced he is conceding the race for the Republican nomination for the governorship.... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:18:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU researchers say they've hit a "milestone" in developing a cancer treatment that could be more effective than... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:57:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Voters will now be able to decide whether or not they approve of a gas tax increase,... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:37:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge ruled against Traveler Indemnity Company in a lawsuit stemming from Ryan Ferguson's wrongful prosecution and conviction... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:24:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The Indiana woman who lost nine members of her family in a duck boat sinking last month in... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:56:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A new state law on temporary license permits is just two weeks away from being enforced. The... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:02:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
VERSAILLES - The Morgan County Sheriff's Office said a man died from a gunshot wound on Sunday, and Versailles police... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 1:45:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - With school starting today for Columbia Public Schools students, some construction projects are finished while others are just... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 1:44:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
Jefferson City - One person was injured in a car crash on the Missouri River Bridge on Tuesday. The... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:48:00 AM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - An Osage County judge ruled in favor of Missouri Secretary of State Jay Aschroft on Tuesday in... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:34:43 AM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
6pm 84°
7pm 83°
8pm 78°
9pm 76°