Meth lab components found in car

A St. Louis man led a Maries County sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle and then was pursued on foot before being apprehended last week.

The suspect, Brandon P. Veasman, faces multiples charges in the incident in which he nearly wrecked several times and traveled approximately 100 mph in Maries County during the chase Wednesday evening, Jan. 9, according to a press release from the Maries County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident started when Maries County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Comstock observed a vehicle that matched the description of a stolen vehicle out of Dixon traveling on Highway 133.

Comstock attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Veasman, fled at a high rate of speed with no regard for public safety, according to the sheriff.

The pursuit continued at a high rate of speed onto Maries County Road 619 and Veasman then spun out at the intersection of Maries County Roads 619 and 618.

Comstock attempted to block the vehicle in, but Veasman placed the vehicle into reverse and struck the patrol vehicle. The suspect vehicle then struck a fence and lost a tire.

It was then when Veasman fled on foot into a wooded area and Comstock gave chase. Comstock apprehended Veasman, who resisted arrest. Sheriff’s deputies had to use force to restrain him.

Veasman was taken to the Maries County Jail and his bond was set at $195,000.

It was reported that there was a second suspect inside the vehicle and while deputies canvassed the area, they were not able to locate another suspect.

It was confirmed that the vehicle that Veasman was driving was stolen from Dixon. The Dixon Police Department came to the scene to process and recover the vehicle and sheriff’s deputies located numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group seized the meth lab components.

Veasman faces the following charges: felony assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of anhydrous ammonia in a non-approved container.

Veasman was recently arrested by the Maries County Sheriff’s Office and was out on bond for burglary in the second degree and also out on parole for burglary and forgery.

Associate Circuit Judge Kerry Rowden revoked Veasman’s bond for the previous burglary.

“Veasman is a 10-time convicted felon, and at some point you have so say ‘When is enough… enough?’” Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said. “I hope considering his extensive criminal history and the dangerousness of these last acts that the justice system will hand down very harsh punishments.”

Heitman commended Comstock with his performance during this investigation.