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