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story.lead_photo.caption Tristan Planz

A Camdenton man was placed on five years supervised probation after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a May 2020 chase with authorities in Cole County.

During a hearing before Cole County Judge Cotton Walker, Tristan Planz, 21, pleaded guilty to felony counts of resisting a lawful stop and possession of a controlled substance along with misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. A misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license was dismissed by prosecutors.

Planz was placed on five years supervised probation and as part of his probation he must successfully complete a treatment program supervised by Probation and Parole.

Deputies were at Hammond Drive and U.S. 54, watching for a vehicle Miller County authorities were looking for, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement.

Deputies spotted the vehicle, which Planz was driving, going west on U.S. 54 and traveling at 90 mph.

Deputies caught up with Planz at U.S. 54 and Honey Creek Road, traveling at a reported 110 mph.

Planz swerved into the exit lane as if he were going to turn onto Honey Creek and slowed to 70 mph. Deputies tried to stop Planz, but he swerved back across both lanes of U.S. 54 and began to accelerate away.

The chase continued, with Planz swerving onto the right shoulder of the highway then back in front of another vehicle on U.S. 54, almost causing a collision according to authorities.

Eventually, Planz stopped in the passing lane of U.S. 54, just past Route D, and he was taken into custody.

He was later found to be in possession of two glass smoking pipes that authorities said had residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

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