Man charged after chase near Exeter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Police pursue vehicle through Barry, McDonald counties

A Rocky Comfort man is charged with a felony after allegedly leading Barry County deputies on a chase in Barry and McDonald counties.

Theodore Peterson, 43, of Rocky Comfort, is charged with resisting arrest creating risk of injury.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Bill Watkins, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Peterson was on Farm Road 2187, asleep behind the wheel of a Dodge pickup hauling a tandem axle trailer.

Deputies instructed Peterson to place the vehicle in park and exit, and he allegedly refused to comply, accelerating away when the deputy opened the passenger door, putting him at risk of injury.

Peterson then allegedly led law enforcement on an 8.5 mile chase through Barry and McDonald counties, failing to maintain his lane or adhere to stop signs, and forcing a deputy off the road onto the shoulder.

Peterson is being held in the Barry County jail on a $4,500 bond. He was arraigned Monday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke, and a disposition hearing is slated for Dec. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Peterson has previously pleaded guilty to charges of assault and resisting arrest.

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