Hayti man arrested after high-speed chase

Hayti man arrested after high-speed chase

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - A southeast Missouri man was arrested following a chase that reached well over 100 miles per hour.

Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell states John Schoolcraft, 25, of Hayti was arrested on Tuesday.

Greenwell said one of his deputies spotted Schoolcraft driving an SUV north on Interstate 55 at the 12 mile marker. The deputy knew the man had a warrant on him for possession of a controlled substance and tried to stop him after calling in reinforcements.

Schoolcraft refused to stop and continued north at "speeds that exceeded 115 miles per hour," Greenwell said. He then got off at the Wardell overpass and headed west.

As the pursuit continued on Missouri Route P nearing Hayti, Schoolcraft reportedly tried to run another deputy off the road striking his patrol vehicle.

The deputy then used a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver to force Schoolcraft off the road before entering a school zone.

Schoolcraft was arrested on the warrant along with driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Greenwell said several more charges will be filed with the Pemiscot County Prosecutor's Office.

Caruthersville police, Hayti police, Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were also involved in the pursuit.

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