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DWI pursuit ends in rollover


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Chief Patrick Burton

On Dec. 22, 2019, Licking police officers received reports of a vehicle traveling across multiple locations within Texas County at a high rate of speed and placing other motorists’ lives in danger. The Licking officer was advised the vehicle was travelling towards the City of Licking on US-63 and the Missouri State Highway Patrol had been attempting to stop the vehicle.
At approximately 1356 hours, a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol located the vehicle traveling at over 100 miles per hour on US-63 at Twin Bridges. The Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to yield and continued northbound on US-63.
A Licking police officer observed the vehicle travelling into oncoming traffic at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour within the city limits of Licking. The Licking officer activated his overhead emergency lights and siren and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield to the Licking officer and continued to present an immediate danger to the public. The Licking officer observed the vehicle in question swerving while driving at a high rate of speed. Due to the driver’s previous and continuous reckless driving and disregard for public safety, the officer believed the driver to be impaired and a risk to the general public.
The Licking officer continued the pursuit north on US-63 to Maple Avenue and then south onto Prescott Road.  The vehicle continued traveling down Prescott Road and eventually left the side of the roadway, causing the vehicle to roll. The Licking officer took the driver into custody at the scene of the accident. After a short-term investigation, it was determined the driver was heavily intoxicated and had multiple felony arrest warrants.
Due to the driver’s injuries, the driver was airlifted to a nearby trauma center to seek medical treatment.
A probable cause statement will be sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office seeking formal charges for the driver, Matthew K. Randall II. 
The following charges are being sought by the Licking Police Department: exceeding the posted speed limit, careless and imprudent driving, failure to drive on right half of roadway, driving while suspended second offense, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest by fleeing and failure to obey a police officer.
The above information is just mere accusations and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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