A drive-off from a gas station in LaPlata resulted in a three-county chase on Tuesday night. According to the Macon County Sheriff Robert Dawson, at approximately 6 p.m. his office was notified that a white Dodge pickup with a black flatbed left without paying for approximately $100 worth of gasoline.
The vehicle headed south on Highway 63 and was spotted by a Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy on the north side of Macon. The chase continued through Macon. The vehicle hit a curb in south Macon and blew out a tire, but still did not stop.
The chase continued into Randolph County where Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers had laid stop strips in the roadway at the Route 22 Junction. Sheriff Dawson said that the vehicle blew out another tire, but continued another 2 miles before it was stopped.
After a brief struggle, Joshua Hood, 23, of Dexter and Ashley Barns, 22, of Kirksville were taken into custody. According to Sheriff Dawson, a search of the vehicle also found methamphetamine paraphernalia.
Hood is being held in Macon County Jail and Barns is being held in Randolph awaiting numerous formal charges. Sheriff Dawson said that a canine in the vehicle was also taken into custody and is being held in Columbia.
The pick-up was found to be stolen from Barry County