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Jefferson City man charged after leading police chase

Jefferson City man charged after leading police chase

April 11th, 2019 in Local News

A Jefferson City man has been charged after leading police on a chase Tuesday evening.

Darrion Lowery, 18, is charged with felony resisting a lawful stop, misdemeanor failure to stop and misdemeanor driving without a valid license.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement states an officer stopped Lowery around 6:45 p.m. at East Ashley and Madison streets for failing to stop at a stop sign.

The officer reported Lowery used a fake name and date of birth, and when asked to turn off his vehicle, he instead sped away from the scene.

During the pursuit with authorities, Lowery allegedly drove through several stop signs, causing other drivers to stop so they weren’t struck by him.

The pursuit went onto westbound U.S. 54 where speeds reached in excess of 100 mph. Lowery also reportedly crossed into the eastbound lanes and went into oncoming traffic.

Lowery was able to flee out of the Jefferson City area and officers from other law enforcement agencies became involved in the pursuit.

The pursuit went south on 54 toward the Lake of the Ozarks. Eventually, Missouri Highway Patrol troopers used spike strips to cripple Lowery’s vehicle.

Court records state Lowery was in custody Wednesday in Miller County after reportedly breaking into an occupied home there. Lowery was charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree burglary and one count of resisting arrest in Miller County.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, Jefferson City police said Lowery was believed to have been involved in a Tuesday theft from a Missouri Boulevard pawn shop and another in Holts Summit just hours before the pursuit occurred.

A passenger with Lowery was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit when the vehicle was disabled; that person was not identified pending the filing of formal charges.