Man leads officers on 135 mph chase through Pulaski County

LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) – A 47-year-old Kansas City man is accused of leading officers on a multi-county pursuit that reached speeds as high as 135 miles per hour, before engaging in a two-hour long stand-off.

It started just after midnight on Saturday, when someone driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 44 in Webster County told police he saw the suspect – who has since been identified as Donald Heckman – point a pistol in his direction.

Deputies later spotted Heckman on eastbound I-44 and tried to conduct a traffic stop, which instead turned into a high-speed pursuit through Pulaski County, with speeds reaching an estimated 135 miles per hour and prompted involvement from authorities from three different jurisdictions.

A vehicle disabling device utilized by a State Trooper near South 17 and NN Highway damaged Heckman's tires, but he was nevertheless able to make it another mile before stopping on Red Oak Lane, just north of I-44.

Heckman then allegedly took out two pistols and threatened to harm himself if deputies got any closer. This led to a two-hour standoff, which ended when deputies managed to tase him when he temporarily let his guard down.

Police say Heckman then resisted arrest and had to be wrestled into custody. A State Trooper and Laclede County Deputy sustained minor injuries during the altercation.

Multiple firearms – along with possible methamphetamine and marijuana – were found in Heckman's possession.

Heckman is currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He's been charged with resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon, with more charges possible on Monday.


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