Maries County, Mo (KSDK) - During the early morning hours of November 25, Maries County Sheriff's deputies were assisting a stranded motorist on Highway 63 outside of Vichy when David Williams rolled up next to them.
After asking if the officers they wanted to race, Williams slammed on the gas, peeled his tires and sped away. The vehicle matched a description of a vehicle recently stolen from the nearby town of Crocker.
Deputies pursued the stolen Mercury Cougar, reaching speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. As Williams approached the city limits of Vienna, police had a vehicle waiting for the fleeing felon on the side of the road.
As Williams approached Vienna, the officer fired two rounds into the engine compartment of the vehicle. The high speed pursuit continued through the city, until deputies and officers were able to box in the suspect. Deputies were forced to strike the vehicle using their push bumper to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
The suspect continued to resist arrest as deputies approached the vehicle, refusing to exit the vehicle or open the door. Officers smashed the window and dragged Williams out.
"I must say, this is one of the most unusual cases I have ever been involved in, "said Sheriff Chris Heitman. "The driver of the vehicle was deliberately taunting the Sheriff's Deputies and breaking the law in front of them so they would give chase. I have never had someone in a stolen car pulled up to Sheriff's Deputies and ask them if they wanted to race."
Williams, 31 of St. Clair, appeared to be impaired and possibly under the influence of an illegal controlled substance. Williams has 10 prior felony arrest and several convictions. In fact, on June 5, 2012 Williams was placed on probation for tampering with a motor vehicle and he is currently out on probation. Furthermore, Williams has a felony conviction for stealing a motor vehicle and he was just released from prison in 2010 for that violation.
While processing the vehicle, Sheriff's deputies located suspected stolen property as well.
"I am thankful no one was hurt in this very dangerous and lengthy high speed pursuit," said Heitman. "I appreciate the assistance of the Vienna Police Department to help us safely take this dangerous felon off the roadway. Law enforcement officers never like to discharge our weapons in the line of duty, but sometimes it is necessary to protect our lives and the lives of innocent civilians on the roadway."
The Maries County Prosecuting Attorney charged David Williams with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Williams remains jailed on $250,000 bond. While in custody, Williams attempted to punch a sheriff's deputy, but was pepper sprayed. Other traffic violations and charges are expected to be filed against Williams at a later date.