Sturgeon man arrested after vehicle pursuit

Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 10:40 a.m. CDT; updated 9:22 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 6, 2010

COLUMBIA – Both the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were engaged in a vehicle pursuit at about 6:43 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

A Boone County Sheriff's deputy observed a maroon Ford Explorer passing vehicles in a yellow painted section of the divided roadway while traveling southbound on Highway 763, according to the release. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, driven by Billy J. Bergsieker of Sturgeon, Mo., but Bergsieker fled. The deputy pursued the vehicle until he lost sight of it on city streets.

A State Highway Patrol trooper located the vehicle, and after a second short chase was able to stop the vehicle with assistance from Boone County deputies.

Bergsieker, 34, was charged with felony driving while revoked, felony resisting arrest by fleeing and careless and imprudent driving, according to the release. Bond was set at $9,500.

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John Schultz August 5, 2010 | 10:58 p.m.

763 is a four-lane road, so there's no crime in passing vehicles. Is there more to the story?

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Joy Mayer August 6, 2010 | 9:23 a.m.

Good morning, Mr. Schultz. We added in a clarifying point. The driver was in the yellow painted section of the divided roadway. I hope that helps. Thanks for raising the question.
— Joy Mayer,

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