On behalf of The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith
Missouri Man Accused of Assault, Other Charges Following Chase
When a person is accused or suspected of a crime that is reported in the newspaper and other media outlets, there is typically only one side of the story that is told — the side of law enforcement officers. Though many will make a judgment based on these reports alone, a person is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless there is sufficient evidence that proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In fact, a man in Missouri is now likely considering his legal options now that he is facing criminal charges, including assault, reportedly after a police pursuit.
The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened on a day in August. According to reports, a pursuit began after police claim they spotted a reckless driver; it is unclear what actions of the driver led police to this claim. Police say that they 30-year-old man then sped off. Though the sheriff’s office claims that the pursuit lasted approximately 30 minutes, deputies were only in pursuit for approximately 60 seconds before a Missouri State Police helicopter took over. Despite this, reports indicate that deputies fired shots and struck the vehicle.
Police say that they employed tools to deflate the man’s tires. Reports indicate that the man’s vehicle then slowed before he crashed into a pole. He is accused of stealing a semi-truck and rammed two others before he was taken into custody.
In addition to the assault charge, the man is also charged with resisting arrest, property damage and tampering with a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, the allegations against him are serious as are the potential consequences of a conviction. Often those facing criminal charges in Missouri want an experienced criminal defense attorney on their side. Such a professional can help defendants carefully examine the evidence against them, helping them decide whether they should fight the charges in court or accept a plea deal — if offered — if they believe there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.