Major David Hutchison and Corporal Donnie Chambers were traveling on Highway 68 near St. James when they were illegally passed by a Toyota Avalon. While vehicle illegally passed it ran several motorcycles and another vehicle off the roadway.
Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle when it rapidly accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The vehicle passed on the left shoulder and nearly struck several vehicles. The vehicle traveled to Vichy and made a left turn onto Highway 63. The vehicle then traveled down Route P back towards St. James, and made another left turn onto Highway 68. The vehicle then traveled back to Vichy, where members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol attempted to spike the vehicle. The vehicle then traveled onto Highway 63 into Rolla. Phelps County Sheriff’s Office and the Rolla Police Department also assisted with the pursuit. The pursuit traveled onto east bound I-44. Maries County Deputy Greg Andrews then struck the vehicle with his patrol car pushing the vehicle into the ditch; causing an end to this dangerous pursuit. The driver then fled on foot and was captured by Deputy Greg Andrews.
Deputies arrested, the driver, Candace C. Girard age 28 of St. Louis, and detained a passenger in the vehicle. Girard did not have a valid driver’s license, and also had a warrant for her arrest out of St. Louis.
Chris Heitman from the office of the Maries County Sheriff said, "I have to commend Major David Hutchison, Corporal Donnie Chambers, and Deputy Greg Andrews on catching this dangerous person, who showed no regard for public safety. Their composure kept the public safe during this dangerous situation."
On September 12, 2017 Girard was charged with Felony Resisting Arrest and driving while revoked. Girard remains in the Maries County Jail on a $25,000.00 bond.