Crash leads to arrest

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Concordia man was taken into custody by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) early last Friday morning after being in a roll-over accident south of Concordia.

The single-vehicle accident occurred at 1:36 a.m. as Eric D. Southall, 29, was driving eastbound on Missouri Highway CC -- almost a mile west of Highway 23. His 2002 Honda traveled off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle made impact with a ditch and then rolled over, according to a MSHP report.

Southall suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. He was taken into custody and transported to the Lafayette County Jail due to a warrant for his arrest.

According to court documents, a warrant was issued last Tuesday by the Lafayette County Circuit Court. Southall is charged with a class C felony for tampering with a motor vehicle and a class A misdemeanor for resisting/interfering with arrest, detention or stop. Southall's bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

Southall received the charges after an incident in early September during the 2012 Concordia Fall Festival. According to court documents, Southall was observed by a Concordia Police Officer and a Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputy allegedly tampering with the deputy's patrol car.

When the officers approached Southall to investigate the situation, the man "walked briskly away." When the officers pursued him, Southall took off running.

He was chased into a backyard where the CPD officer tackled him to the ground. Southall continued to resist the arrest and struck the officer with his knee in the chest.

The report states he was "belligerent and combative cussing officers after being arrested."

He was booked at the CPD jail and then transported to Lafayette County Jail for a 24-hour hold, according to court documents.

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