Charleston man arrested after vehicle pursuit with police

Thursday, March 3, 2016

SIKESTON -- A Charleston man faces charges following a vehicle pursuit with police Tuesday in Sikeston.

Hernandez M. Evans, 21, of Charleston is charged with felony resisting arrest/stop by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury/death to someone; and misdemeanors of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and second degree property damage, according to Missouri Case.net.

At 10:47 a.m. Tuesday, an officer with Sikeston Department of Public Safety observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on North Ingram, according to DPS incident reports. The vehicle was clocked on the officer's radar as 57 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

The officer went to stop the vehicle at that location; the vehicle failed to yield and pursued, according to DPS. The vehicle reportedly traveled approximately 80 mph through a residential area and school zone; the driver, who was later identified as Evans, didn't stop at the intersection of Columbine and East Salcedo. The driver ran a solid red light at the Main and Salcedo intersection and almost struck an unidentified pedestrian while driving on Salcedo, reports said.

Evans then reportedly jumped out of his vehicle at in the 1000 block of North Kingshighway, and a foot pursuit began. Evans refused orders to stop and wound up being Tased and arrested by DPS.

Evans also reportedly drove his vehicle through the yard on North Kingshighway, striking a sign and landscaping timbers for a total of $242 in property damage. Less than 35 grams of marijuana was also found his possession.

Bond was set at $15,000, and he posted bond.

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