Law enforcement officials are searching for a Rolla man who injured a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy during a high-speed chase last week.
On Tuesday, Pulaski County Judge Rhonda Cortesini issued an arrest warrant for David Cole Nash, 28, on two charges: resisting arrest by fleeing - creating a substantial risk of serious injury/death to any person, a class D felony, and assaulting a law enforcement officer by using a deadly weapon or instrument, a class B felony.
According to a press release from Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long, the incident began when Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies were notified by authorities in Phelps County that Nash, a fugitive, was believed to be staying at a motel in the Interstate 44 and Highway 28 area.
Shortly after receiving the tip, two Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area the morning of Sept. 2 and located Nash driving a Jeep sports utility vehicle near the intersection of I-44 and Highway 28.
Long said Nash attempted to offer false identification to deputies, but when that failed, Nash was ordered out of the vehicle.
That was when Nash accelerated, Long said, and dragging one of the deputies down the road a short distance, causing injury to the deputy.
Other sheriff’s deputies then engaged in a high-speed pursuit of Nash, who was eventually able to elude authorities by driving down a Jeep trail and escaping on foot into a heavily wooded area in Phelps County.
The deputy who was injured was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his leg and arm. He was later released. He is still recovering from his injuries but is back at work.
Nash’s bond has been set at $250,000.
If you have any information regarding the location of Nash, contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at 573-774-6196 or the TIPS line at 573-774-7948, or calling your local law enforcement agency.
Nash has an extensive criminal record and is considered dangerous, so no attempt to apprehend Nash by anyone other than a law enforcement officer should be made.