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Man arrested after allegedly ramming truck into police vehicles during chase

Zackary Yates
Camden County Sheriff's Office
Zackary Yates


A Climax Springs man was arrested and charged following a chase with the Linn Creek Police Department on Tuesday.

Zackary Yates, 28, was charged with first-degree assault, resisting arrest, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and first-degree property damage. A warrant was issued and no bond was set. A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to Casenet.

According to the probable cause statement, Linn Creek police were on patrol when they received a report of a reckless driver heading eastbound on Highway 54 near Linn Creek. Officers started following a brown Ford pickup truck driving fast near Business Park Road. The probable cause statement later stated he was driving 90 miles per hour.

The chase eventually went onto the intersection of Osage Beach Parkway and KK Drive, where Yates stopped his truck, put it in reverse, hit a police vehicle and tried to push it off the road, the statement says. That came after Yates previously tried to same maneuver on Dusty Trail, the probable cause statement says. Yates took off and eventually tried to hit another police vehicle on KK Drive, the statement says.

Camden County Sheriff’s deputies, along with one of Linn Creek's officers, tried shooting at the vehicle to get it to stop on Arrow Road, court documents say, but the truck kept going. The statement says the police chief from Sleepy Hollow, Missouri, eventually put down spikes, but Yates hit his vehicle while trying to avoid the spikes.

Yates crashed his truck into a tree on Airport Road and tried to run away, but was eventually caught by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.

Yates allegedly told law enforcement that he was trying to head to Arkansas and that he didn’t stop because the truck was stolen, court documents say. Yates said he didn’t steal the truck, but didn’t tell law enforcement how he obtained the vehicle, the statement says.

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