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Man Responsible for U-Haul Pursuit that Injured Deputy, Identified

By: Michael Greeley
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013

The man who led law enforcement on a pursuit from Harrison into Branson and back into Arkansas has been identified. 

Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore says 27-year old Timothy Redfield of Mountain Home was arrested Wednesday evening after he reportedly evaded police for nearly an hour in a stolen U-Haul truck. 

At about 8 p.m. the Arkansas State Police alerted the Boone County Sheriff’s Office of the pursuit which started after Harrison Police Department discovered the U-Haul was reported stolen in Springfield Missouri.  The pursuit began after officers attempted a traffic stop.

The chase ensued into Missouri where officers from the Taney County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmy Russell says the pursuit extended through Hollister and into Branson on US 65 to Bee Creek Road.  The U-Haul turned around and traveled south on US 65 dodging spike strips and often meeting vehicles head-on by driving in the northbound lane in the wrong direction.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore says as the U-Haul approached the twin bridges on US 65 North Sgt. Nathan Jenkins of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department lost control of his vehicle in the rain and struck an oncoming 18-wheeler.  Jenkins was taken to Cox hospital in Springfield with injuries.

Redfield was taken into custody near Omaha Arkansas.  He is in the Boone County Jail charged with Battery 1st Degree, Aggravated Assault, Felony Fleeing in a Vehicle, DWI Drugs, Theft by Receiving, Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License, Speeding, Reckless Driving, Ran Red Light, Littering Highway, Improper Lane Change, and Resisting Arrest.

Redfield’s bond was set $500,000.00 and remains in the custody at the Boone County Jail pending his court appearance.