New Haven man in stolen truck causes police chase, meth lab materials found

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On Tues., Feb. 14, Sheriff’s Deputies received information from Washington Police about a theft from a business in the city of Washington which was reported about 6:30 AM on the 14th. 

Both agencies exchanged information throughout the day in reference to a possible suspect.  The suspect was believed to be in possession of a stolen vehicle, which was stolen from the Washington business, a handgun, and meth lab.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. that afternoon, information was received that the suspect and stolen vehicle were currently at a residence near Hwy C and YY at Whispering Valley outside of New Haven.  Deputies responded to that area.

While in route, a deputy observed the vehicle on Hwy C and attempted a traffic stop.  The driver failed to stop initiating a pursuit going South on Hwy C.  Other deputies, the Sheriff's Office Air Unit, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the area to assist.

During the pursuit, speeds were averaging 30 to 65 MPH.  The driver could be seen hanging out the window of the vehicle pointing a gun to his head along with making jesters for the deputy to shoot him.  The driver could also be observed reaching for something in the vehicle from time to time in to the seat area.  At one point, the deputy observed the subject throw syringes out of the window and other objects.

A road block was established near the intersection of Old Hwy. 50 and Hwy. C.  As the subject approached, spike strips were deployed and the suspect pulled off the road and stopped.  The subject was taken in to custody without incident at this point. 

Deputies located a stolen 30-06 Caliber rifle in the vehicle.  Narcotics paraphernalia were also located along the road along with meth lab materials.  A handgun was not located.  The subject stated that during the pursuit he was attempting to load the rifle to shoot himself or be shot by deputies.

He was identified as Zachary T. Roberts, a 28 year old white male from New Haven.  Roberts had active outstanding warrants for: Probation Violation (Franklin County, No Bond); Vehicle Theft (Washington, $5000 cash bond); and Contempt of Court (Washington, $5000 cash bond).  Mr. Roberts was transported to the Franklin County Jail where he was held pending further formal charges.  Investigation is continuing with the Washington Police Department.