A Missouri man faces numerous charges after leading law enforcement on a wild vehicular chase Tuesday in Texas County.
Andrew C. Perry, 24, of 13254 Salem Road in De Soto, is charged with felony resisting arrest by fleeing, along with misdemeanors of speeding, careless and imprudent driving, driving in the wrong direction on a divided highway, driving while revoked, no insurance, no seat belt and following too closely.
According to a probable cause statement written by an Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, a blue Nissan car was seen moving in a careless and imprudent manner on U.S. 60 between Cabool and Mountain Grove. Upon arrival, the trooper saw the car on Country Aire Road and noticed it was covered with fresh mud.
The officer attempted to make contact with the driver – Perry – but the car ran a stop sign and accelerated onto to westbound U.S. 60. The trooper pursued with emergency lights and siren activated, but Perry didn’t yield.
As the pursuit continued, the officer saw Perry turn onto the onramp to U.S. 60 westbound and begin traveling eastbound on it. Perry’s car then went down a westbound offramp, still traveling eastbound, before turning back onto U.S. 60 and going the right direction westbound.
The trooper reported that speeds then reached 95 mile per hour (in a 65 miles per hour zone) and that Perry followed multiple cars very closely and made several unsafe lane changes. Upon entering Wright County, the trooper saw Perry’s car exit onto Highway 95 without signaling, and then accelerate quickly and change lanes abruptly in a heavy traffic area. Then Perry reportedly took the onramp back toward U.S. 60 eastbound, but at the end of the ramp he turned the wrong direction and traveled westbound on the shoulder, dangerously close to oncoming traffic.
The trooper observed Perry’s car take the eastbound offramp in the correct direction, but it ran a stoplight and pulled in front of oncoming traffic on Highway 95 southbound.
The trooper then saw Perry’s car speed up to 60 miles per hour in a 30 zone in an area where heavy traffic was moving to and from businesses. The trooper reported that he was then advised by Troop G to terminate the pursuit.
Mountain Grove police resumed the chase and Perry was finally caught. The trooper reported Perry said he was fleeing because he didn’t want to go back to prison.
He is held in the Texas County Jail on $200,000 bond.