A Dixon man has been charged with two class E felonies of resisting lawful stops on June 7 and June 10, 2018. Lance Baker, 24, allegedly fled from the arresting officer on June 7, 2018. The two charges come from 15 counts of other convictions such as careless and imprudent driving in an accident.
The reporting officer said he recognized Baker’s car from contact with Baker in the past. The reporting officer said the suspect was parked at the MPC gas station on Highway 28 in Dixon. The reporting officer said he pursued Baker from Highway 28 before they continued west onto Chestnut and Carthage.
The probable cause statement said Baker had started fleeing from the officer after accelerating to high unsafe speeds. The reporting officer said he stopped the chase after seeing two vehicles exiting from the Dixon Cemetery.
In the best interest of public safety, the reporting officer said he stopped the pursuit. “I discontinued the pursuit for the interest of public safety because Mr. Baker was driving in careless and imprudent manner with no regard for the public safety,” the reporting officer said in the probable cause statement.
In the days following on June 10, the reporting officer said he saw Baker driving on Carthage Road near the Dixon Cemetery. According to the probable cause statement, Baker allegedly had a female passenger in the car.
“I was able to identify Mr. Baker’s face and a gray baseball hat that I had seen him wear on a previous occasion,” the reporting officer said in the probable cause statement. “Mr. Baker looked at me when he drove past the location of my patrol unit.”
The officer said he attempted to pull over Baker, who then allegedly tried to flee again. The reporting officer said Baker started driving at unsafe speeds on Carthage Road, nearly causing a head-on accident.
“Mr. Baker continued to accelerate at a high rate of speed and was approaching a gray SUV that was travelling south on Carthage Road,” the reporting officer said. “Mr. Baker was in the middle of Carthage Road with the driver side of the vehicle in the oncoming lane.” The officer said in the probable cause statement the SUV had to swerve off the road to avoid a head on collision.
Baker was arrested almost four hours later at approximately 1:30 p.m. The vehicle has been impounded and two keys belonging to the car have also been recovered from Baker.
The reporting officer said Baker posed a risk to Pulaski County and Dixon residents. “Mr. Baker created a risk to the citizens of Dixon and Pulaski County by operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and operating this vehicle with careless and imprudent manner,” the officer said in the probable cause statement. “Mr. Baker has been in two pursuits fleeing from law enforcement and a blatant disregard for public safety.”
Baker faces up to four years in custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections or one year of special imprisonment in the county jail. Baker’s case will face an advice of counsel and is currently being held on a $100,000 dollar bond.