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Published August 8, 2018

Spike strips end fugitive pursuit

MILLER COUNTY – A high speed pursuit ended last week after a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) officer’s successful deployment of spike strips.

In a Miller County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) post last Wednesday, the incident began on July 28 when dispatch received a report of a pursuit traveling northbound on Highway 17 entering Miller County from Pulaski County.

The information received was that the Crocker Police were pursuing the vehicle because the driver had felony warrants for his arrest out of Clinton County, Missouri.

Deputies were dispatched to the area and took the lead on the pursuit just north of Iberia.

During the pursuit, MCSD said that speeds reached were in excess of 100 miles per hour.

A MSHP trooper was able to successfully deploy spike sticks and deflate one of the vehicle’s tires.

The vehicle then continued on for about another mile where deputies were able to stop the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Brandon Mencik, 36, of Plattsburg, Missouri.

Mencik was arrested on a felony outstanding Clinton County warrant with a $40,000 cash only bond and has been charged by the Miller County Prosecutor with: Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person.

He was taken to the Miller County Jail and held on a $10,000 bond.

Mencik had been arrested on May 12 in Clinton County and was charged with the following:

• Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm (Felony)
• Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid (Felony)
• Possession Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid Of 10 Grams Or Less - Prior Drug Offense (Misdemeanor)

The judge issued a warrant on July 2 for “Warrant Arrest Fail Obey Judge” which is in addition to another warrant issued on May 30 of this year.

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