Macon men attempt to flee, damage patrol vehicle

Darren J. Ellis, 26

Two Macon men are arrested after attempting to flee from a Macon County Sheriffâ??s Deputy late Thursday night into the early morning hours of Friday.

Thursday around 11:00 p.m., a Macon County Sheriffâ??s Deputy observed a vehicle traveling in a careless and imprudent manner a county road southwest of Macon. The Deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver attempted to flee.

During the pursuit, the suspectâ??s vehicle collided with a Macon County Sheriffâ??s Deputy patrol vehicle and still continued westbound. The pursuit ended when the occupants exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

During the foot pursuit, Deputies captured the driver of the vehicle, James L. Wright, 23, of Macon, Mo. without further incident. A search of Wright and his vehicle revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Wright also had 10 active warrants and was found to have a revoked driverâ??s license.

Wright was then arrested and charged for felony resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of marijuana under 35 grams, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, driving while revoked, and 10 active arrest warrants.

He was transported to the Macon County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond and a â??no bondâ?? parole warrant.

A passenger in the vehicle Darren J. Ellis, 26, of Macon, also fled from the scene and was later apprehended by Macon County Deputies and taken into custody for resisting arrest by fleeing on foot. He was transported to the Macon County Jail where he posted a $1,500 bond.

The Macon County Sheriffâ??s Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the arrest of Wright.