Man tries to race Maries County deputies, loses

MARIES COUNTY, Mo. -- The Maries County Sheriff's Department is reporting they have one man in custody after a high-speed chase on Highway 63.

They report that 31-year-old David Williams of Saint Clair pulled up aside deputies who were assisting a stranded motorist near Vichy.

Williams asked the deputies if they wanted to race and then sped off onto Highway 63 North. The sheriff deputies matched the vehicle Williams was driving to a vehicle recently stolen out of Crocker, Missouri.

Sheriff deputies pursued the man at speeds in excess of 90 miles-per-hour into the town of Vienna.

Vienna Police set up a unit on the side of the road for Williams, When the stolen car was driving towards the officer, he fired two gunshots into the stolen car's engine compartment to try to stop it.

Deputies say chase continued through Vienna when officers and sheriff deputies were able to block the suspect in and used their push bumper to get the vehicle to come to a complete stop.

Williams refused to exit the vehicle. Authorities broke out one of the car's windows to remove the suspect. They say Williams appeared to be under the influence of an illegal drug.

Authorities report that Williams has a history of 10 prior felony arrests and several convictions. Williams was still on probation for tampering with a motor vehicle, and was released from prison in 2010 for a felony conviction of stealing a motor vehicle.

Deputies report they found additional stolen property in the car while processing it.

Williams is currently in Maries County Jail pending warrant application. The Maries County Sheriff Department says they expect several charges to be filed against Williams in Maries County, including felony driving while revoked, numerous traffic violations, tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, and possible possession of stolen property. They say additional charges may be filed out of Pulaski County as well.

Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman says that no other motorists or bystanders were hurt during the incident. He also says this is one of the most unusual cases he's ever been involved in.

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