Columbia police arrest man for 'terrorist threats'

Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 8:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — After a short car chase in which the suspect pulled over twice before continuing to flee, Columbia police arrested a 37-year-old man on charges of making a terrorism threat and other crimes.

Police initially went to the Tiger Stop on Clark Lane at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night after the shop's clerk reported a man was acting strange and threatened to come back, rob and kill the clerk. The clerk said the man left in a gold Ford Focus.

At 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning, police were called to the Petro Mart on Ash Street for a similar incident. The man looked like the one captured on video at Tiger Stop, according to the release. Officers found the man in his car traveling east on Ash Street.

Officers tried to pull over the driver and began chasing him when he refused. The driver pulled over twiceduring the chase, but he pulled away when officers got close. The chase ended after the man pulled over near Short and Walnut streets.

Officers arrested Marcus Kelly on the following charges:

  • Driving while intoxicated.
  • Careless and imprudent driving.
  • Peace disturbance.
  • Two counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
  • Two counts of resisting arrest.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Driving without headlights.
  • Third-degree assault.
  • Making a threat of terrorism

Kelly's bond was set at $8,000.

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Paul Allaire February 19, 2011 | 8:23 p.m.

How did they get two counts of misdemeanor possession?

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