Two men arrested after spraying sheriff's deputy with tear gas

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 2:40 p.m. CDT; updated 9:11 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — A police chase and confrontation involving Tasers and what appeared to be tear gas led to the arrest of two men Monday night.

Quaemonn Wilkerson, 18, was arrested and faces charges of second degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and resisting arrest, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect is accused of spraying tear gas in the face of a Boone County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop near Highway 763 and Brown School Road, according to the news release.

Another suspect, a 16-year-old male, was also caught by Columbia police and turned over to juvenile authorities.He faces charges of tampering and resisting arrest.

At 11:18 p.m., a Columbia police officer requested emergency assistance after performing a traffic stop related to a stolen vehicle, according to the release. A deputy responded to the scene near Highway 763 and Boone Industrial Drive where officers were already chasing the suspects. The two suspects ran in opposite directions, and the deputy pursued the older suspect on foot.

Upon being caught, the suspect sprayed the deputy in the face with what appeared to be tear gas. The deputy used his Taser on the suspect, who responded by spraying more tear gas. After continuing to resist arrest, the suspect was subdued with another Taser by a second officer.

Bond has not been set for Wilkerson, who is in the Boone County Jail.

Supervising editor is Kate Moritz.

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