DONIPHAN, MO (KAIT) - A Monday afternoon high speed chase ends with a head-on collision into a semi-truck, according to authorities.
According to a release from the Poplar Bluff Police, officers responded to a disturbance with weapons involved. The suspect, Aaron Eldridge, had rammed his wife's vehicle with his own. The suspect also allegedly struck his wife, Crystal Eldridge, with his hands. The report then says the suspect's father wrestled a rifle away from Aaron Eldridge after he pointed it at his wife.
Poplar Bluff Police say Aaron Eldridge fled the scene before they arrived. Crystal Eldridge was seriously hurt in the attack and was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, before being transferred to St. Louis University Hospital.
Doniphan Police tell Region 8 News they then found Aaron Eldridge racing down Highway 160 from Poplar Bluff to Doniphan driving a gray four-door pick-up. Police say Eldridge reached speeds of 80-90 miles per hour when driving through town.
At some point, Eldgride was said to have crossed over the center line. Police say he clipped the semi, spinning out of control. He was taken to Poplar Bluff Medical Center and later transferred to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis in stable condition.
The driver of the semi was unhurt.
Eldridge is expected by Poplar Bluff Police to face charges of domestic assault in the first degree, armed criminal action and violation of an ex-parte order. Doniphan Police say they plan to file an assault in the second degree charge against Eldridge for swerving into oncoming traffic, toward the semi.