COLUMBIA — Two Columbia men were arrested Wednesday morning after leading the Missouri State Highway Patrol on an off-road chase into muddy fields southeast of Columbia.
Ingredients used to make methamphetamine were found during a search of their car, Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said.
Larry Creason, 46, was arrested on suspicion of distribution, manufacture or possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and a felony count of resisting arrest, according to Missouri Case.net.
Shawn Knight, 29, was arrested on suspicion of distribution, manufacture or possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and a felony count of resisting arrest.
The chase began at 12:08 a.m. near the Elks Lodge, southeast of Columbia, when a state trooper tried to pull a car over for a traffic violation, Reinsch said. The car’s driver wouldn’t pull over and continued to go east from the Elks Lodge and then turned south on South Rangeline Road.
The driver then went off the road in the four-wheel drive vehicle near the intersection of South Rangeline and East David Allen roads, traveling through muddy fields. State troopers left their cars and chased the car on foot at 12:26 a.m., Reinsch said. The troopers heard an engine in the field, surrounded the area and closed in on the vehicle.
At 1:37 a.m., the passenger in the car surrendered while the driver fled on foot. The Boone County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was already on the scene, and one man was caught in the field after a half-mile foot pursuit, Reinsch said.
The highway patrol received help during the chase from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia and Ashland police departments, Reinsch said.
Both Creason and Knight were taken to Boone County Jail on Wednesday morning. Creason was released Wednesday afternoon after posting a $50,500 bond. Creason has a criminal record, including four previous convictions for third-degree assault between 1986 and 2005, according to Missouri Case.net.
Because of a parole violation, Knight was not allowed to post bond, a Boone County Jail officer said.
Knight has one previous conviction for possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug with intent to manufacture amphetamine, methamphetamine or any of their analogs from 2005, according to Missouri Case.net. He was sentenced to four years in prison.