Officers draw guns on reckless driver, his passenger

Photo by Jeremy Shoemaker

A report of a reckless driver in Kirksville ended with two people on the ground in handcuffs.

The situation came to a crashing halt when the driver of a pickup truck slammed into a utility pole, breaking it off at the ground.

That happened just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the north side of Parrish Furniture near the intersection of Osteopathy and Stacy Streets.

Police say it all started when an officer was flagged down by a motorist reporting the pickup driving erratically and passing vehicles on Osteopathy Street at a high rate of speed.

The witness told authorities that the truck had scrapes down one side where it had struck street signs.

An Adair County Sheriff's Deputy met the truck in question on Osteopathy Street and attempted to pull it over.

A short time later, the truck hit the utility pole.

Deputies with guns drawn got the two men on the ground and handcuffed.

Police say the driver was Austin Finks, 18, of Livonia, Missouri.

He was issued citations for driving while intoxicated on narcotics, careless and imprudent driving and driving while suspended or revoked.

Police told KTVO the passenger, Eric Rollins of Kirksville, is the owner of the truck.

Rollins was given a citation for not having insurance on the vehicle.

Finks and Rollins were checked out at the scene by Adair County Ambulance District personnel.

The Kirksville Fire Department was on the scene because smoke was coming from the truck after it hit the pole.