An Alton man out on bond for felony drug charges is now back in jail after allegedly driving his car into an Oregon County Sheriffs Department patrol car Friday, Jan. 21, after an attempted traffic stop.
Micaiah Joel Leannais, 22, was taken to the Thayer jail with bail set at $20,000 following the chase through Alton. He was charged with Class B felony assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, a Class D felony.
According to reports, Deputy Darrin Sorrell attempted to stop Leannais at 7 p.m. on Highway 160 after recognizing him as being wanted on a Jan. 18 Thayer warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Leannais was out on $4,900 bond for a Jan. 5 Oregon County charge of felony possession of marijuana. He posted bond with the Thayer Police Department on Jan. 6 and was set to appear in court Feb. 23 on the Class C felony drug charge.
Sorrell's report indicates Leannais was westbound Friday on Highway 160 near Alton in an Oldsmobile Alero when Sorrell turned on his police lights. Instead of stopping, Leannais allegedly turned onto High Street and then Route P, and back onto Highway 160 toward Thayer with Sorrell in pursuit.
The chase continued onto Route E with speeds up to 90 mph, according to the report.
Sorrell said he tried to block Leannais' turn onto County Road 206, when Leannais drove his car into the right front corner of the patrol car. Leannais then allegedly backed up and rammed the patrol car again.
The report states Leannais then ran from his car, and Sorrell and the other officers could not find him.
At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, Leannais turned himself in at the Howell County Sheriff's Department in West Plains.
Officials report the patrol car still is driveable, but needs repairs.