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Hutson, Duncan begin prison terms at MDC

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

OREGON COUNTY -- Judge David Evans sentenced two men to the Missouri Department of Correction June 2, in Oregon County Circuit Court.

Edward A. Hutson, 56, of Doniphan, Mo., was sentenced to three years in state prison on a class D felony unlawful use of a weapon charge.

According to a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Phillip Bridges Jr. came to the sheriff's office on Feb. 15, 2007, and stated that Hutson had pulled a gun on him and two other people. He also said that he had held a gun to the back of Jackie Vizier's head.

Vizier and Patricia Leitner also came to the sheriff's office and filled out statements.

Hutson admitted in his statement he did have a BB gun when he got out of his vehicle.

Officer Mark Von Allmon investigated the incident.

Judge Evans sentenced Kenny R. Duncan, 48, of Alton to four years in the Missouri Department of Correction.

Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill said Duncan committed a class C felony of assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree on April 4, 2008, when he purposely placed Mike Hargus and Rusty Warren, both law enforcement officers, in a position of immediate serious physical injury, by hitting the cars they were driving with the truck he was driving.

In a probable cause statement from O'Neill's office, Highway Patrolman Hargus said he observed a Dodge truck going north on Route E. He said the truck crossed the center line on five occasions. Hargus said as the truck came to the intersection of Highway 19 it locked up its breaks and skidded across the intersection and ran off the right side of the road. He said Duncan, who was driving the truck, accelerated heavily and spun out of the ditch.

Trooper Hargus said he activated his emergency lights and the truck came to a stop on Missouri Highway 19. He said as he approached the truck, Duncan accelerated rapidly and took off.

Hargus said he attempted to overtake the Dodge with his red/blue lights activated. He said Duncan then turned eastbound on U.S. 160. The Trooper said Duncan slammed on his brakes several times and would come to a complete stop. Then he placed the truck in reverse and slammed into the front of Hargus' patrol car.

Duncan continued eastbound and turned into County Road 204. He then turned on to a private driveway and came to a stop. Hargus said he pulled up close to the truck and got out of his patrol car. Duncan accelerated fast and threw gravel on Hargus and his patrol car.

Alton Police Chief Rusty Warren arrived at the scene and Duncan began backing away from the patrol car. He then backed into the front of Warren's patrol car and crashed through a barbed wire fence.

Hargus said the truck then spun through a field, ran back through the fence and continued south on County Road 204. Hargus said Warren then became the primary pursuit vehicle as the road came to an end and changed into a logging trail. He said the truck slowed but continued without yielding. At one point the truck stopped; Duncan placed it in reverse and slammed into the front end of Warren's patrol car. Hargus said the truck finally stopped because its path was blocked by a fallen tree. That's when Duncan was taken into custody.