Macon men attempt to flee, damage patrol vehicle

James L. Wright, 23

Two Macon, Missouri men attempted to flee a Macon County Sheriff's Deputy late Thursday night into Friday morning and were arrested.

According to our sister station KTVO in Kirksville, the deputy observed a vehicle traveling in a careless and imprudent manner down a country road southwest of Macon at around 11 p.m. and attempted to perform a traffic stop. That's when the driver attempted to flee.

Police said 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 fled on foot, police said.

During the foot pursuit, deputies captured the driver of the vehicle, James L. Wright, 23, of Macon, Mo. without further incident. Police said 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 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.

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

Police said passenger Darren J. Ellis, 26, of Macon, also fled from the scene and was later apprehended by Macon County Deputies and arrested 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.