A 30-year-old Missouri man with a long history of run-ins with the police found himself on the wrong side of the law again on the evening of Sept. 2 when his Chevrolet SUV struck the rear end of a police car on Interstate 55. The Bloomsdale resident was initially cited for dangerous driving and driving with a revoked driver’s license, but drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges were added after 30 heroin capsules and other items were allegedly discovered in his vehicle.
The incident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near Interstate 270 in St. Louis County. A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries in the crash and his vehicle sustained damage that initial reports suggest will cost about $15,000 to repair. The trooper was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. The man, who is said to have refused treatment at the scene, was transported to a police facility in Arnold for processing.
According to court records, the man was charged with felony drug possession in January and cited for driving with a revoked driver’s license in January and March. He was also booked for suspicion of drunk driving and identity theft in June. In 2016, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for drunk driving and resisting arrest. However, the judge in that case suspended the custodial sentence and placed the man on probation for two years.
Negotiating a favorable plea agreement could be difficult for experienced criminal defense attorneys when their clients are persistent offenders. However, prosecutors might be willing to reduce the penalties for drug offenses considerably to secure a speedy resolution and avoid the risks and costs of a jury trial.