Rachel Puckett is charged with several crimes including assault on a law enforcement officer after a standoff in Franklin County
Bradly Hess was taken into custody after he was found in a stolen pickup, an incident that led to a lengthy standoff with a female suspect.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
A deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department was unhurt when he jumped into a moving vehicle recently to end a lengthy standoff with an armed female in a stolen pickup.
According to the sheriff's department, the driver was 34-year old Rachel Puckett, who was arrested on an active warrant for 2nd degree burglary and was expected to face additional charges of tampering with a motor vehicle, assault on a law enforcement officer, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.
A passenger in the vehicle, 34-year old Bradley Hess, was also arrested on an active warrant for traffic offenses.
Sheriff's officials say a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup with firearms inside was reported stolen in Union on October 27. Authorities say the pickup with Puckett and Hess inside was sighted in the Villa Ridge area and a felony traffic stop was attempted on Vineyard Hills Road.
Authorities say the pickup fled but eventually came to a stop at the end of the roadway and Hess got out and surrendered to officers. But Puckett remained in the vehicle and the Franklin County SWAT team was called in to help negotiate a peaceful surrender.
According to the sheriff's department Puckett allowed the deputy to approach and speak with her face-to-face with the door of the pickup open. After initially indicating that she intended to surrender, sheriff's officials say Puckett quickly hit the accelerator and that's when the deputy jumped into the vehicle on the driver's side and was able to press the brake pedal and stop the pickup before it crashed.
Investigators say they found 2 handguns, one of which was loaded, a modified .22 rifle and drug paraphernalia inside the stolen vehicle.
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