Local man arrested after chase, assaulting officer

Authorities arrested a Jefferson City man Sunday after they said he led them on a chase from Jefferson City to Callaway County, then assaulted a Jefferson City police officer.

Charles E. Jackson, 37, was arrested for DWI, two counts of felonious resisting arrest and two counts of felonious assault on a law enforcement officer.

The Jefferson City Police Department (JCPD) said an officer tried to stop his vehicle about 9:30 a.m. Sunday for speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver stopped three blocks later in the 1200 block of East Dunklin Street.

When an officer approached, the suspect sped off. Police pursued the vehicle on Dunklin through red lights, then on Missouri Boulevard, U.S. 50 West and the ramp to U.S. 54 toward Fulton.

At this point, two other JCPD vehicles joined the pursuit. During the chase, the suspect veered toward other law enforcement vehicles and almost hit civilian vehicles as he passed them.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department used spike strips, which disabled one of the suspect’s tires. The suspect continued to drive, eventually losing the initial blown-out tire and a second. Once the vehicle was disabled, police said the suspect failed to cooperate with responding officers and would not comply with their commands.

Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, but the suspect fought the officers, resulting in one JCPD officer being injured. The officer was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was taken to the Cole County Jail.

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