The search is underway for a man accused of hitting patrol vehicles, knocking out a County Audrain deputy

story by Matt Pilger, editor

A traffic stop by Montgomery County police yesterday (Friday) morning led to a pursuit that spanned multiple counties until last night (Friday) with the suspect still at large.

Michael J. Brooks is charged with fleeing after Montgomery City Police stopped traffic early yesterday morning. A pursuit then began and entered Montgomery County, Callaway County, and Audrain County.

When the chase took place in County Audrain, Brooks is charged with turning his vehicle around, driving toward law enforcement and hitting a city sheriff’s vehicle. Callaway County, causing minor damage. Brooks then collided head-on with a County Audrain sheriff’s vehicle. The deputy lost consciousness and the accident caused extensive damage to the patrol vehicle.

Brooks then left on foot. Law enforcement, including a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter, spent the morning searching for him in the area of ​​Audrain Roads 823 and 821. A passenger in the suspect’s vehicle identified Brooks as the suspect.

Brooks was last seen wearing a gray hoodie. He is known to stay in the neighborhoods of Auxvasse or Kingdom City. Anyone with information can call Crisisstoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.

The Audrain County MP who was injured was taken to the local hospital and a full recovery is expected.

According to the County Audrain Sheriff’s Department, an arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Brooks on charges of first-degree assault on a special victim, two counts of felony action with a weapon, property damage over $25,000 and refusing to yield to emergency vehicles.

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