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A 32-year-old Barnhart man was arrested after he reportedly tried to speed away from an Arnold Police officer before stopping on the shoulder of I-55 near the city’s limit and running away. However, he and his two passengers were found a short time later hiding behind a dumpster near the West Outer Road, Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said.

At about 11:45 p.m. Feb. 10, an officer reportedly saw a 2002 GMC Sierra speeding on southbound I-55 and turned on his cruiser lights and sirens and tried to stop the pickup. The Barnhart man, who was driving the pickup, did not pull over, though, and allegedly reached a speed of about 95 mph near the Richardson Road exit. The officer was going to end the pursuit as the pickup neared the city limit, but the driver turned off the lights on the pickup and pulled over on the right shoulder, the report said.

Because of the abrupt stop, the officer drove past where the GMC was pulled over but then backed up on the shoulder. As the officer approached, two men and a girl got out of the pickup and ran away, Arnold Police reported.

Officers followed footprints in the snow that led behind Ellis Battery, 4041 the West Outer Road. They located the two men and the girl hiding behind a dumpster near the business, the report said

The Barnhart man told officers he didn’t know he was speeding or that an officer was attempting to pull him over. But he also said he didn’t want anyone to get into trouble, so he and his passengers fled from the pickup, according to the report.

It turned out the Barnhart man already was wanted by St. Louis Police on a warrant for first-degree assault. An officer searched the Barnhart man and allegedly found an unmarked pill bottle that contained 24 pills that appeared to be Percocet and a baggie with a green-leafy substance that looked like marijuana, police reported.

The man was arrested and taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and held for St. Louis Police. The passengers were not arrested when it was determined neither one was wanted on warrants and that they only ran because the driver did, according to the report.

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, failure to yield, careless and imprudent driving and resisting arrest, Valentine said.

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