The Adair County Sheriff’s Office has released more details on the recent arrest of a Columbia man wanted on felony charges that led to a vehicle pursuit.
Just after noon on Monday, Deputy Derek Padgett observed a 2005 black Tahoe operating on Bliss Rd. The operator was believed to be Dustin Stone, 32, of Columbia. Stone was wanted on several felony warrants and was also believed to be in possession of a firearm that was stolen from Adair County in a prior case.
Deputy Padgett attempted to initiate a stop but Stone failed to stop and continued on. The pursuit travelled from the Bliss community to North 61. Speeds reached 70 mph at times but for the most part, stayed in ranges from 20-50 mph as Stone's vehicle started experiencing mechanical problems. Columbia Police Officers joined in the pursuit to assist along with Sheriff Brockman. The sheriff’s office along with CPD was able to maneuver into position and box in the vehicle on Milltown Rd near Portland and bring the pursuit to a controlled stop.
Stone was taken into custody and placed under arrest on multiple felony charges. A search of the vehicle was conducted after K-9 Officer Evan Burton and K-9 Matt conducted a walk-around and "Matt" alerted to narcotics in the vehicle. A quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, cash, a stolen handgun, scales, and additional paraphernalia was located. Stone was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
- 2 felony Adair Circuit Court Warrants
- Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamin)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree
- Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
- Possession of a Stolen Firearm
- Reckless Driving and
- Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree (4 counts)
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.