A St. Joseph man has been charged with seven felonies after allegedly leading authorities on a chase with a stolen vehicle.
On Tuesday, a Fillmore, Missouri, man reported that his maroon truck had been stolen, and the same day, a Country Club Village Police Department officer spotted the vehicle in a driveway on St. Joseph Avenue.
The truck was occupied by Johnathan Smith, according to police police reports, and the man allegedly backed out of the driveway, over a ditch and fled when the officer's vehicle approached him.
According to court documents, Smith lead several officers on a high-speed chase in the north end of St. Joseph, then onto K Highway. At one point, Smith allegedly drove toward one of the police vehicles and was going to hit it head on until the officer swerved out of the way.
After driving through several ditches and finally hitting an embankment, the chase came to an end and Smith was taken into custody. According to court documents, upon searching Smith and the vehicle, both methamphetamine and a smoking pipe were located.
Smith allegedly admitted to stealing the vehicle out of the driveway of the Fillmore, Missouri, man. The vehicle had to be towed because of the damage caused in the case.
According to court documents, at the time of the chase, Smith had a suspended license and an active warrant for violating probation on a burglary conviction.
Smith has been charged with one count of stealing a motor vehicle, one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of attempted assault to a special victim, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one county of first-degree property damage.
The man is being held on a $20,000 hybrid bond in Savannah, Missouri.