FRANKLIN COUNTY (KMOV) -- A Pacific man is charged with first-degree tampering and felony resisting arrest after allegedly stole a wrecker from Hyndrich Brothers' Towing, stole two vehicles and tried to evade authorities on Sunday.
The bond for Timothy Zeman, 51, has been set at $50,000.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Eureka police received a report of a stolen wrecker from the business. A sheriff's deputy observed the wrecker fitting Eureka police's description traveling east on Highway O.
As the deputy pulled in behind the vehicle, the driver backed up toward the patrol car then pulled out on Highway O, going west toward Highway AT. The deputy then began pursuing the vehicle on to Highway AT, turning on to Hilltop Road. The subject began throwing items out of the vehicle.
The chase continued on to St. Louis Rock Road where a second deputy deployed spikes, deflating the tires. The suspect continued to Highway 100 where it turned and went west in the eastbound lane of traffic. Washington police were notified to stop traffic traveling east from their city. Deputies drove in front of the vehicle with emergency lights to stop traffic.
The vehicle then continued to Elizabeth Ann Drive where it crossed in to the westbound lane and struck a bluff. Zeman was forcibly removed and taken into custody.
Deputies determined that the vehicles being towed by the wrecker belonged to Zeman. Authorities believe Zeman stole the wrecker, drove to a lot in Jefferson County where the vehicles were impounded, then removed them from the lot with the stolen wrecker.