Man Arrested After Challenging Police To Race

POLICE PURSUIT

MARIES COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-A St. Clair, MO man is in custody after a after leading police on a high speed pursuit early Sunday.  Sheriff’s deputies in Maries County were checking on a stranded driver on Highway 63 near Vichy, MO when David Williams, 31, pulled up and asked if they wanted to race.  He then sped off leading a pursuit that topped 90 miles an hour. Williams eventually stopped and was taken into custody.

Sheriff’s Department says appeared to be under the influence of an illegal controlled substance. The car was also believed to be stolen.

Williams has been charged with 2nd degree felony Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and felony resisting arrest.  He is being held in the Maries County Jail on $250,000.00 bond. Numerous traffic violations and other charges are expected to be filed, including charges out of Pulaski County for stealing a motor vehicle.

While in jail, Williams has attempted to punch a Sheriff’s Deputy. He was pepper sprayed. 

Williams has ten prior felony arrests and several convictions.