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Published May 2, 2018

Noise complaint turns into chases, shots fired

CAMDEN COUNTY – A simple call for a noise complaint led to a potential life-threatening situation for deputies, including two police chases, attempted assaults on deputies, shots fired and the eventual arrest of a Camden County man.

A press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) mentioned some of the details that happened in the incident but did leave out many important ones.

Two separate cases were filed with the courts in the incident involving Floyd R. Welsh, 56, of Camdenton and both were filed the same day it occurred (Tuesday, April 24).

The April 26 CCSD press release only mentioned the morning incident and did not state any of the other details that happened later that day in the second encounter.

The details that were left out of the CCSD press release were:

• There were two chases involving Welsh in two separate vehicles
• One chase was in the morning and the other was in the evening
• Welsh allegedly attempted to ram his vehicle into officers in both incidents
• Sheriff’s deputies fired their weapons at the vehicle in the second incident.

No explanation was given as to why the above details were not released by the CCSD.

According to two separate Probable Cause Statements (PCS), one filed with each case, the following happened on Tuesday April 24.

At approximately 3:27 a.m., deputies from the CCSD responded to a noise complaint at a residence in the area of the 400 block of Whispering Valley Road.

Upon the deputy’s arrival, the subject, Welsh, was seen driving a silver Chevrolet pickup through the yard of the residence.

According to the PCS in the first incident, the officer said:

“Upon arrival I observed silver in color Chevrolet pickup driving through the yard of the residence. I stopped my patrol vehicle and observed a white male I identified as Floyd Welsh from past experience operating the vehicle. I observed the vehicle turn toward my patrol vehicle and attempt to accelerate striking another motor vehicle. I exited my patrol vehicle to relocate to a safer position.

“As I exited my patrol vehicle I began giving loud verbal commands to stop the motor vehicle. Floyd backed the vehicle up turned towards me and accelerated in a rapid manner, while shouting “f_ck you”. I jumped out of the way of the vehicle avoiding being struck by approximately 12 inches.”

Welsh then fled the scene towards Spencer Creek Road in the pickup.

“The vehicle turned on Whispering Valley Road and accelerated in a careless manner toward Spencer Creek Road. The vehicle conducted a right turn without signaling onto Spencer Creek Road. The vehicle was traveling at an excessive rate of speed weaving from side to side on the roadway. The vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed for approximately three miles until the vehicle lost control sliding off the right side of the roadway striking several trees on the side of the road. The vehicle sustained heavy front end damage.

“Floyd exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. I was unable to locate him,” the PCS stated.

Because the suspect was known, warrants were applied for and obtained, the CCSD stated. This led to the second incident later that day.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., four officers went to the residence to locate Welsh. The following is from the second PCS.

(Editor’s note: we have deleted the names of the officers that are mentioned in the PCS).

“Upon arrival I observed a white male operating a green in color Dodge van. The van began to accelerate in attempt to flee the residence striking one of the vehicles on the property. I observed the driver and was able to identify him based on prior contacts as Floyd Randall Welsh. The vehicle attempted to go through the back yard of the residence nearly getting the vehicle stuck before turning around. The vehicle began to flee through the front yard in attempt to strike Deputy ____ and Cpl ____. Deputy ____ gave loud verbal commands but Floyd failed to comply. Deputy ____ and Deputy ____ discharged their side arms into the passenger’s side rear tire in attempt to demobilize the vehicle.

“Floyd exited the property at an excessive rate of speed striking one of the vehicles on the property. Floyd traveled toward Spencer Creek on Whispering Valley at a high rate of speed with no regard for human life. Floyd turned left onto Spencer Creek without signaling the turn and failing to stop at the stop sign Floyd traveled down Spencer Creek at a high rate of speed weaving from one side of the roadway to the other.

“I lost sight of Floyd until the 6000 block of D Road. I observed Floyd traveling at a high rate of speed weaving from the fog line on the right side of the road to the fog line in the oncoming lane. I observed Floyd travel off the left side of the roadway and turn in a sharp and uncontrolled manner to the right side of the roadway driving off the right side of the roadway without using a proper turn signal. The vehicle struck the ditch and rolled on complete rotation. I made contact with Floyd sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

“I could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage omitting from his person. Mercy EMS responded to the scene and inquired if Floyd had been drinking. Floyd stated he didn’t drink but ‘had been drinking’. I advised Floyd of implied consent. Floyd refused to submit to any test without speaking to his lawyer.”

Two separate cases and charges were filed against Welsh on the day of the incident, (April 24).

In one case he was charged with:
• Assault 1st Degree Or Attempt - Serious Physical Injury Or Special Victim
• Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person

In the second case more charges were filed.
• (Two charges of ) Assault - 1st Degree Or Attempt
• DWI – Chronic
• Resisting/Interfering With Arrest For A Felony
• Fail To Drive On Right Half Of Rdwy When Rdwy Was Of Sufficient Width, Resulting In An Accident
• Oper A Motor Vehicle In A Careless And Imprudent Manner, Involving An Accident
• Fail To Signal/Gave Improper Signal When Stopping/Turning Left Or Right

Bond was denied for Welsh on both cases.

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