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Sunday early morning chase leads to assault arrest


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By Chief Patrick Burton
Licking Police Dept.

On June 14, 2020, at approximately 12:23 a.m., a Licking officer witnessed a vehicle lose traction at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 32 and rapidly accelerate, moving eastbound on Highway 32. The officer activated the vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle accelerated rapidly and continued to flee, through a business parking lot onto North Main Street. The officer observed numerous traffic violations the vehicle committed while driving erratically northbound on North Main Street to Old Ridge Street and then onto Height Street (dead end road).  The vehicle continued to the end of the street and turned around before driving back toward the officer’s patrol vehicle, which was positioned in the center of the roadway. The suspect vehicle narrowly missed the patrol vehicle before fully leaving the roadway, driving through a residential yard and back onto Old Ridge Street. The suspect vehicle swerved and narrowly missed an additional responding Licking Police vehicle before leaving the roadway again and driving through another yard. The suspect vehicle continued southbound on North Main Street through town, continuing to commit various traffic offenses and show total disregard for the safety of other motorists and property owners in the area.
Once the vehicle neared the south edge of Licking, they turned around and proceeded to return towards the north side of Licking before exiting the city limits of Licking on Kimble Road. The suspect vehicle travelled northbound on Kimble Road to State Route Highway CC and then on to southbound US-63, returning back into the City of Licking. During this time, members of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol had responded to the area and assisted in the pursuit.
Once the suspect returned to the City of Licking, he continued southbound on US-63 to College Avenue, then northbound on Main Street to Highway 32 and then back southbound on US-63. The suspect continued southbound on US-63 to College Avenue, where he again turned eastbound and then turned into the Licking Elementary School parking lot. The suspect vehicle attempted to exit the parking lot, but found the north exit blocked by an additional responding Licking Police vehicle. The suspect vehicle swerved and narrowly missed the patrol vehicle before driving around the parked school busses, through another yard and back onto College Avenue. The suspect vehicle travelled to Walker Street, then to Maple Avenue and continued to travel eastbound towards South Main Street.
Once the vehicle approached the intersection of Maple Avenue and South Main Street, he drove through a business parking lot to avoid the awaiting patrol vehicles at the intersection, then began travelling northbound on South Main Street. The suspect vehicle swerved towards multiple patrol vehicles before leaving the roadway and into another business parking lot. The vehicle travelled through the parking lot, across the yard, through a drainage ditch and back onto South Main Street.  The suspect vehicle travelled northbound on South Main Street before leaving the roadway again, travelling across the First Baptist Church grass and into the north parking area. Once inside the parking lot, the suspect vehicle was blocked in by police vehicles and the suspect exited his vehicle. A Licking officer went to apprehend the suspect, and while in the process of doing so, the suspect attempted to strike the officer with his fist. The suspect was assisted to the ground and secured with handcuffs. The Licking officer sustained lacerations to his hand and leg during the altercation. 
The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Jacob Tyler Ahu of Cabool, Mo. Ahu was transported to the Texas County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold pending multiple state charges. A Probable Cause Statement has been sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office seeking the following charges: Driving While Intoxicated, Second Degree Assault on Law Enforcement, Third Degree Assault of Law Enforcement; Resisting Arrest by Fleeing – Felony, Careless and Imprudent Driving, Fail to Obey Traffic Device, Fail to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Fail to Use Turn Signal, Failure to Drive on Right Half of Roadway.
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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