Lincoln County man arrested after trying to run sheriff’s deputy over

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Paul Hoevelman and Christopher Wright. (Lincoln County Sheriff's Department)

LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A man from Foley, Missouri is sitting in Lincoln County Jail after allegedly trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy who interrupted a drug deal early Thursday morning.

According to the sheriff’s department, the incident began around 2 a.m. in Cuivre River State Park. A deputy was responding to suspicious activity in the 300 block of Cheatham Road.

The deputy pulled up to the area and saw a Chevy pickup truck parked next to a grey van. As the deputy exited his vehicle, the driver of the pickup truck attempted to run him over. The deputy had to dive back into his patrol car to avoid being struck.

The deputy chased after the pickup truck and eventually caught up to the truck along Highway KK near Old Highway 61. The sheriff’s department said the driver of the pickup truck, identified as 39-year-old Christopher Wright, jumped from his vehicle and attempted to flee.

Wright was struck by his own rolling pickup truck and knocked to the ground. The deputy got out of his own vehicle and ordered Wright to stay down. Wright allegedly charged at the deputy, who then deployed his Taser.

Wright was subdued and taken into custody. The deputy was not injured during the altercation.

Deputies found 11 grams of methamphetamine, two baggies of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside Wright’s pants pockets, which they believe he was attempting to sell.

Wright also confessed to tossing a .22-caliber rifle out of his passenger side window. Deputies eventually found the rifle in a ditch along Old Alexandria Road near Highway KK.

Wright was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle (the grey van), identified as 36-year-old Paul Hoevelman, also of Foley, was arrested Thursday afternoon after police received a tip he was inside a McDonald’s bathroom in Troy.

Additional drug charges are pending.