Driver arrested on various charges after 2 crashes Wednesday in Marshall during brief chase

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Missouri State High Patrol troopers investigate a traffic crash on North English Avenue in Marshall Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 7. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

A driver who failed to stop when a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop him for speeding was involved in two traffic accidents Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 7, and fled the scene of the second crash on foot, according to eyewitness accounts.

Dontri M. Harris, 26, of Glasgow, was apprehended within a couple of blocks of the second crash site, according to troopers.

The trooper who tried to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 122 and 41 south of Miami said the driver took several gravel roads and ended up heading west toward Marshall on Highway 240.

After clipping another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 240 and Miami Avenue, the car then went eastbound on High Street.

"I was coming up Miami. I heard the sirens, and I see a green LeBaron," Carla Harris said. "He didn't even stop at the stop sign. He swung past and nailed the truck in front of me. If I didn't swerve when I did, he would have hit me head-on."

Witnesses near the intersection of High Street and English Avenue said the car apparently came around the corner too fast attempting to head south and failed to negotiate the turn.

The vehicle struck a short wall in front of 710 N. English Ave. and came to a rest partially in the lawn of 647 N. English. Ave.

Lisa Berger, who resides at 710 N. English Ave., said she had just pulled into her driveway when the crash occurred.

"I looked through my rearview mirror and saw the car spin around," she said. "I'm glad the wall was there. He would have ended up in the yard or in the (neighbor's) porch."

"As soon as it hit the wall he was out and gone," she said, referring to the driver of the car.

Jeff Cott, who lives at 647 N. English Ave., said, "I heard a screech and a bang" at about 3:40 p.m. and looked outside to see what was happening.

He said he saw what appeared to be a relatively young black man running between houses heading west.

"These guys were right behind him," Cott said, nodding toward the troopers examining the vehicle in his yard.

Harris was arrested on charges of careless driving, felony resisting arrest by fleeing and felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, according to unofficial online MSHP records.

Harris also has warrants for his arrest, including one on a class D felony nonsupport in excess of $5,000 charge in Randolph County, one on a class A misdemeanor nonsupport charge in Howard County and one for failure to appear in Saline County.

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  • Some people have no respect for the law or anything

    -- Posted by radgib on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 4:06 PM
  • This was pretty crazy. I live on one of the county roads where this was taking place. (I saw this)Several hills on this road, good thing nobody was coming from the other direction. It's also a good thing no children were playing in the area where the car finally came to a to stop, but then again, he obviously doesn't care about his own children so I guess he wouldn't care about if there was any children in the area that could of been hurt, or anyone else who might of been on the streets of where all of this was taking place. Someone could have been hurt very badly. He was worried about being caught because he had outstanding warrants well am sure he has a lot more on his plate now. If you play you pay.

    -- Posted by marshallmoresident on Fri, Jan 9, 2009, at 8:30 AM
  • Is it just me...or are troopers becoming more agressive? For instance, take a look at this senario...Dantri Harris is a poor black guy that was probably trying to hurry home and help his family do something. I'm sure this whole thing was blown out of whack! Did they even interview him to see what the problem was? Probably not...they just chase and subdue, that's their fortay...now look, poor Dantri's car is trashed. He probably got scared and that's why he continued to run. It is POSSIBLE, not definate but POSSIBLE that Dantri was being racially profiled, which happens to be illegal. Is anyone looking into that violation, probably not!

    -- Posted by onpoint on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 11:56 PM
  • While I'm not naive' enough to think that profiling doesn't go on, it looks to me by the last sentence that the alleged is being profiled as a criminal. And he didn't run because he was black, but because he was wanted.

    Hope the last comment was tongue in cheek-if not it's the reason that real racial injustice will get ignored. You can only cry wolf so many times.

    -- Posted by a realist on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 1:01 PM
  • the guy had a vehicle equipped to avoid everything that happened after he became aware of the flashing lights on the patrol car behind him.

    it's called a brake pedal!

    but,a driver needs to be equipped with a properly working brain to utilize such a device.

    profiled? yeah,he has obviously displayed a profile....of a stupid criminal. he most likely has by now showed his profile to a mug-shot camera as well.

    -- Posted by fred414141 on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 12:32 PM
  • First of all folks, lets spell his name correct, It's Dontri. This man has been in trouble with the law since he was a kid. He has been to prison, which obviously didn't help. It's not the first time he has ran from the Police and it won't be the last. It becomes a game for these guys, the thought of prison doesn't scare this type of guy. He's just carry'en on da family tradition.

    He gets three meals delivered to him a day, gets to lay around and watch cable TV all day, maybe play some cards with his home boys. Maybe play some B-ball if it gets warm enough outside. Then he gets his little girlfriend to take money out of the kids mouths to send to him so he can have some really good snacks while he's kick'in back and do'in his hard time.

    Justice, it's a Beautiful thing isn't it!!!!

    -- Posted by muddywater on Fri, Jan 16, 2009, at 6:46 AM
  • Well, well, its about time....just so you all know, I was being scarcastic on my first post. However, it proves my point. My point is, if I had not have said anything to jump start this rant on Dontri Harris, nobody would have probably said anything or if anything they would have been liberal about it and defended him. Just loook at the stupid remarks left on the latest news about the 15 year old drug trafficker case finally being brought to justice. Everyone had someone or something to blame except the criminal at hand. Another example: look at all the comments made on the suspect from the Sheppard murders. "Oh, poor kid. Oh, he was in jail for so long, what a bad effect on him." Who freakin' cares! Where there's smoke, there's fire! I thought I'd be right in the fact that if I (Me) said something to press some buttons out there I'd get a response....that is a correct one. Be original people! Don't wait for someone like me to test the waters to see if there is someone out there still alive with good morals and a sense of righteousness for our country.

    -- Posted by onpoint on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 2:23 PM
  • onpoint,

    "Were there's smoke, there's fire" Couldn't have said it better myself.. Kew Kew Kew

    -- Posted by stiffler on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 11:23 PM
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