Pair arrested following high-speed chase through three counties

Joshua Hood, 23, of Stella, Mo.

UPDATE: A high-speed chase through Macon, Randolph and Boone counties landed two people behind bars Tuesday night.

The first suspect is Joshua Hood, 23, of Stella, Missouri, who was driving a pickup stolen from Cassville, Missouri.

He faces felony charges of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Hood is also charged with three misdemeanors: operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and stealing motor fuel.

He remains held in the Macon County Jail without bond on a probation and parole warrant.

Hoodâ??s bond for the latest charges is set at $18,000.

The second suspect is Ashley Barnes, 22, of Kirksville.

She was a passenger in the stolen pickup truck.

Barnes is charged with two misdemeanors: second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

She is free after posting bond.

The whole ordeal started around 6 p.m. Tuesday when Hood allegedly drove off from the La Plata Short Stop convenience store without paying for $140 worth of diesel fuel.

The pursuit started on the north edge of Macon when the pickup was spotted by a Macon County sheriff's deputy.

Investigators said Hood failed to yield. The pursuit by deputies and Missouri state troopers continued south on Highway 63 out of Macon, all the way through Randolph County and into Boone County.

The truck finally came to a stop about 12 miles south of Moberly after it ran over spike strips put down by the highway patrol.

Court papers state that both suspects had to be physically removed from the truck.

The documents state that a fight between Hood and a state trooper then started, and the Trooper used physical force to protect himself as he yelled, â??Stop resisting,â?? at the suspect.

The two then fell to the ground.

Investigators said Hood continued to resist arrest and kicked at the officers attempting to arrest him.

The struggle lasted approximately two minutes, according to court papers.

The two suspects were then placed in patrol cars and read their Miranda Rights.


Two suspects are in custody following a pursuit on Highway 63 Tuesday night.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office told KTVO it all started around 6 p.m. with a report of a gas drive-off in La Plata.

The suspects headed south on Highway 63 out of La Plata with their approximately $100 worth of gas that they didnâ??t pay for.

Several minutes later, a Macon County sheriff's deputy spotted the pickup on the north edge of Macon.

He pursued the pickup south on 63 through Macon, and it wouldn't stop.

The chase then continued until about 10 miles south of Moberly where state troopers deployed stop sticks.

After the truck hit the stop sticks, it continued for about two more miles.

After a brief struggle with the suspects, deputies and troopers took the two into custody: a woman from Kirksville and a man from Dexter, Missouri.

No names have been released yet.

The two are in custody on 24-hour hold pending the filing of formal charges.

A license plate check on the pickup revealed it was reported stolen from Barry County, Missouri.