January 11, 2008
A Marshall man was in jail Friday accused of injuring a Saline County Sheriff’s deputy during a high-speed chase.
Omar Castaneda, 26, turned himself in to Saline County authorities at 11:45 a.m. Friday, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.
According to a probable cause statement by D.E. Fessenden filed in Saline County Circuit Court, Deputy Brad O’Neal spotted a white Toyota Camry at 5:52 p.m. Thursday on state Route 41. That car had left the scene of an accident in Boonville, the court document said.
The vehicle did not yield to O’Neal when he tried to stop it, triggering a chase in which speeds reached up to 100 mph, Fessenden wrote.
Four minutes later, O’Neal notified county authorities he had crashed, and the driver fled on foot, according to Fessenden. O’Neal said his car hit the Toyota, which was parked in the middle of the road without headlights, as he came over a hill, according to the statement.
Fessenden’s investigation showed that Castaneda, who was identified by a passenger in the
Camry, had parked in a location where O’Neal would be unable to avoid a collision, according to his statement.
O’Neal was later treated and released from Fitzgibbon Hospital, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.
Castaneda was charged with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, both felonies, according to court documents.
He remained in Saline County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond Friday, the spokeswoman said.