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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Man charged after leading deputies on chase

  • A Cuba, Mo., man who “ingested an unknown amount of pills” and “drank a lot of Busch beer” faces a felony charge after he led sheriff’s deputies on a car chase through Phelps County Aug. 31.
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  • A Cuba, Mo., man who “ingested an unknown amount of pills” and “drank a lot of Busch beer” faces a felony charge after he led sheriff’s deputies on a car chase through Phelps County Aug. 31.
    William E. Abney Jr., 49, has been charged with resisting/interfering with an arrest for a felony, according to online court records at Missouri case.net.
    Abney’s preliminary blood alcohol content after the chase ended was measured at 0.250, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.
    According to a probable cause statement filed with the 25th Circuit Court Tuesday, the car chase started when Phelps County sheriff’s deputies were called to County Road 6030, located off U.S. Highway 63 between Rolla and Edgar Springs, to check the well-being of a man who had swallowed pills, but officials were unsure of how many.
    Before deputies could arrive, the man got into a brown Chevy Malibu and drove away north on Highway 63.
    A deputy eventually found the suspect vehicle which had stopped briefly in the 16000 block of Highway 63. That was when the driver “put his left arm out the window and extended his middle finger” to the deputy, court records state, before the suspect drove off again toward Rolla.
    The sheriff’s deputy followed the suspect vehicle at a rate of 50-60 mph and attempted to stop it. Spike strips set up at the southern Rolla city limits caused both of the suspect vehicle’s passenger side tires to deflate, but the vehicle continued north of Highway 63.
    The vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic lanes on Highway 63 near Lions Club Park to avoid a second set of spike strips.
    A second sheriff’s deputy then followed the suspect vehicle as it turned onto Highway 72 and later onto Oak Street, where it finally came to a stop at the intersection of Oak and Third streets.
    The driver identified as Abney was arrested and said at the time that he “drank a lot of Busch beer today (Aug. 31),” according to the probable cause statement.
    Abney was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment.
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