Teen Falls and Dies while Running from Police
VILLA RIDGE, MO (AP) - Authorities say an eastern Missouri teenager died after falling while trying to outrun sheriff's deputies. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the body of 17-year-old Randy Dawson Jr. was found Saturday morning in a creek near Villa Ridge.
Franklin County Lt. Charles Subke says 20 to 25 teenagers were partying with alcohol Friday at Dawson's mother's home. When deputies arrived, a few teens, including Dawson, ran.
Deputies briefly gave chase, then gave up and returned to the house. But Dawson crossed Interstate 44 into a wooded area, where he stumbled over an embankment into a 3-inch-deep creek. Subke says Dawson suffered a severe head injury, but it wasn't certain if he died of the injury, drowning or hypothermia.