Multi-County high speed chase leads to stand off

high speed chaseShortly after midnight Saturday a tractor-trailer driver reported that a man driving a pick-up truck pointed a pistol at him. Laclede County Deputies spotted the suspect driving east on I-44 and attempted a traffic stop that turned into a high-speed pursuit. The Missouri Highway Patrol joined the chase that lead into Pulaski County, with speeds reaching an estimated 135 miles per hour. A vehicle disabling device used by a State Trooper damaged the tires of the fleeing vehicle but the suspect continued about another mile before stopping on Red Oak Lane displaying 2 pistols and threatening to harm himself if the officers came any closer. This began a two hour standoff that ended after the suspect let his guard down and was brought down with a taser used by a Laclede County Deputy. Multiple firearms and substances believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana were found in possession of the suspect. 47 year old Donald D. Heckman is charged with resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon, with a $100-thousand dollar bond.

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