A 41-year-old Pevely man was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine after he allegedly tried to walk away from Arnold Police following a one-vehicle accident on Richardson Road. Not long before the crash, the man reportedly had fled from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which eventually called off its pursuit, Arnold Police reported.
The man was arrested at about 12:07 a.m. April 25, after he had been driving a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado and ran into the guard rail near the I-55 southbound ramp from Richardson Road and then allegedly walked away from the crash. When officers arrived at the scene of the accident, they spotted the suspect walking toward the Quality Inn and Suites hotel, 3610 the West Outer Road, the report said.
The officers pulled into the hotel lot and tried to stop the man, but he allegedly started running toward the interstate. The officers followed the man, who crossed the interstate and was walking south next to the northbound lanes. The officers again told the man to stop, but he turned around and started walking north back toward Richardson Road, according to the report.
An officer got out of the patrol vehicle, jumped over the concrete wall dividing the interstate and told the man to stop. The suspect put his hands in the air but continued to walk away and at one point, stepped into a lane with oncoming traffic. After traffic cleared, the officer caught up to the man and took him into custody, Arnold Police reported.
At first, the man denied being involved in the accident and said he was drunk and sorry. However, the man eventually told Arnold Police that prior to the crash, he had been driving the pickup at a high rate of speed on Richardson Road and he failed to negotiate a turn onto the I-55 ramp. The pickup was significantly damaged in the crash, the report said.
Arnold Police also learned the man allegedly had been chased by the Highway Patrol shortly before the crash, although Arnold Police didn’t know why, according to the report.
An officer searched the pickup and allegedly found a glass case that contained a smoking pipe and four clear white rocks believed to be meth. The man was taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and released pending application for warrants, the report said.
Depending on results of the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest, Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said.