High-speed chase, standoff, lead to gun and drug charges
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:47:45 GMT —
A Kansas City-area man is in Pulaski County Jail facing multiple charges after authorities say he led them on a high-speed chase and initiated a two-hour standoff early Saturday morning.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long, the incident started just after midnight on I-44 in Webster County. A tractor trailer driver told authorities that a man in a Dodge pickup truck pointed a pistol at him.
Laclede County deputies spotted the suspect driving eastbound on I-44 and tried to stop the driver, but a high-speed chase ensued.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol joined the chase and followed the suspect into Pulaski County at speeds reaching around 135 miles per hour.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department then joined the pursuit.
A State Trooper near the South 17 and Highway NN intersection deployed a device to damage the suspect's tires. The suspect drove an additional mile after hitting the device and stopped on Red Oak Lane just north of I-44.
Authorities say the suspect, 47-year-old Donald Heckman, drew two pistols and threatened to harm himself as law enforcement approached.
After a two-hour standoff, a Laclede County Deputy tased Heckman when Heckman momentarily let down his guard. Heckman dropped the guns.
Sheriff Long says that despite being tased, Heckman still resisted arrest and had to be wrestled into custody.
Heckman, a State Trooper and a Laclede County Sheriff's Deputy suffered minor injuries during the incident but none required hospitalization.
In Heckman's possession, authorities found multiple guns, suspected methamphetamine and marijuana.
He is being held in Pulaski County Jail for resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon. Additional charges are expected to be filed on Monday.
Waynesville and Richland Police Officers also assisted with the incident.