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Multi-county pursuit ends with suspect arrest

Submitted by Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey
  At approximately 1:43 a.m. on January 3, 2019, the Texas County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle pursuit that began in Pulaski County and was entering the northwest portion of Texas County. Deputies responded to the area and joined the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office deputies in pursuit of a white semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer. The trailer was loaded with a pickup truck. A spike strip was successfully deployed damaging the tires of the suspect vehicle. The pursuit continued for approximately 2 more hours on numerous county roads in the northwest part of Texas County.
  The vehicle eventually stopped and the driver, who was later identified as Stanley W. Smith, fled into a wooded area. Pursuing deputies located Smith in the woods and he acted in manner consistent with someone pointing a weapon at them. Smith then fled on foot again and obtained a large tree branch from the area. Smith attempted to strike the deputies with the tree branch. The deputies were able to deploy Tasers and use empty hand techniques to take Smith into custody. Smith continued to attempt to resist arrest while being taken to a patrol vehicle and transported to the Texas County Jail. A records check on Smith indicated he had a felony no bond warrant from Laclede County for possession of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a substance believed to be methamphetamine
  Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens charged Stanley W. Smith (age 48, of Licking) with resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death, assault on law enforcement first degree (3 counts), assault third degree and possession of controlled substance. Smith was held in the Texas County Jail pending bond of $1,000,000.
  Sheriff Scott Lindsey comments, “The actions of the suspect in this case created a very dangerous situation for both law enforcement and citizens. The deputies involved in this arrest showed tremendous restraint in being able to take the suspect into custody without using deadly force. I am also grateful for the assistance of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office during the entire incident.”
  The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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