ST. ANN, MO (KTVI) - Police Chief Aaron Jimenez has released some dramatic patrol car dash cam video to make a point. He wants people to know that catching speeders and drunk drivers can lead to the arrest of hardened criminals.
“If we don’t stay proactive our community will head downhill I’m not going to allow that.” said Chief Jimenez.
The video shows and officer in pursuit of a motorcyclist. The biker passed cops at more than 80 mph. He quickly speeds up to 150 mph, weaving in and out of traffic. It happened Tuesday night just before midnight.
The Chief has heard criticism of his so called speed traps on I-70. Jimenez insists that those operations often lead to the arrest of wanted suspects. He said the motorcyclist was wanted for forgery and has a criminal history in Missouri, California, Washington state and Idaho. He was a convicted felon.
Finally after more than 20 minutes the suspect, Casey Dale, 35, drove off the road and made a run for it on foot. Police tackled him, there was a fight and he was arrested. They discovered that Dale had a loaded gun, which is against the law for a felon.
The suspect is from Overland. Police said Dale was known for being armed and dangerous.
“There are multiple times where we’ve gotten violent felons off the highway. Drugs, narcotics, U.S. currency, you name it. We’ve gotten drunk drivers. We’re keeping our city safe and were actually keeping other communities around us safe too." said Chief Jimenez.
Dale’s bond was set at $30,000. He’s been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by the prosecuting attorney. The city of St. Ann plans to seek other charges as well.