by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – A Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicle pursuit in Taney County results in the arrest of a man from Joplin.
MSHP Public Information Officer Sergeant Jason Pace reports troopers were conducting a speed enforcement operation with an aircraft Wednesday morning, and attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Highway 65, north of Branson.
The driver failed to stop and led authorities on a pursuit towards Branson. Pace shares troopers were forced to abandon the pursuit once the vehicle turned onto the Highway 248 exit, however the MSHP aircraft remained with the vehicle.
The driver, identified as 26-year-old William Vincent, drove through residential areas, parking lots and several yards, and fled of foot, before being apprehended by Branson Police.
Pace says Vincent was turned over to the MSHP and transported to the Taney County Jail. According to the online arrest report, he is being charged with Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Failure to Proceed with Caution for Emergency Vehicles, Driving While Suspended, Passing Vehicles on the Right Shoulder and Careless and Imprudent Driving.
Court records show Vincent is being held on a $50,000 bond.