County patrol car damaged in pursuit, driver arrested on outstanding felony P&P warrant

Dave Marner
Managing Editor

An area man well known to local law enforcement agencies is jailed without bond following a pursuit early Saturday on county roads south and west of Owensville.

Blaine C. Saebens, 32, was arrested on a felony no bond warrant alleging probation and parole violations stemming from prior burglary and driving while revoked and suspended convictions.

Gasconade County Sheriff John Romanus reports Saebens, who lists a Sullivan address in court records, was driving a 1980s Chevrolet pickup truck when a deputy attempted to stop him for an equipment violation.

Saebens initially fled along Price Road to Route EE, according to Romanus.

“During the pursuit the passenger, identified as Amber Woodcock, used a handheld spotlight and shined the light towards the pursuing deputy, creating a vision obstruction,”
Romanus said in a press release. “The pursuit continued to the area of Farris Road where Saebens lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road, into a yard. Saebens returned to the roadway and rammed the rear of a squad car on Uncle Sam Road. Saebens and Woodcock fled from the vehicle on foot. However, deputies apprehended both Saebens and Woodcock.”

Saebens was arrested on allegations of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with a motor vehicle, assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle while revoked, property damage and an active felony no bond warrant out of Gasconade County. Woodcock was arrested for resisting arrest and interfering.

Saebens and Woodcock were transported to the Crawford County Jail pending formal charges.

In September of 2016, Saebens pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicle tampering, a class C felony, in a case brought by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

He was sentenced to a three-year prison term.

In March of 2017, he pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in a Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department investigation dating back to February of 2016. He was ordered to serve a four-year prison term. The execution of sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised probation. 

On Dec. 12, 2017, Circuit Judge I.I. “Ike” Lamke order Saebens be detained on a capias (no bond) warrant alleging probation violations including “residency, employment, association (with known criminals), drugs, reporting and directives, supervision strategies, and special conditions.” He was ordered to undergo drug testing when brought into custody, according to court records on

This past April, another capias warrant was issued by Lamke on allegations Saebens violated his supervision strategies and special conditions. A probation revocation hearing was ordered when he was brought into custody.

On Oct. 12, Lamke issued another warrant was for his arrest alleging probation violations including drugs reporting/directives, supervision strategy, intervention fees, and special conditions (failure to pay restitution).

On Monday, Lamke ordered Saebens to appear in Gasconade County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, for a probation revocation hearing.

Damage to the patrol vehicle was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,000, according to Romanus who did not have an exact estimate as of Tuesday afternoon.