OPD pursuit ends in man’s arrest; felony traffic charges being sought

Dave Marner

An Owensville man with multiple prior convictions for driving with a suspended or revoked license faces felony charges following arrest Sunday afternoon following a police pursuit.

According to an Owensville police report, Daniel Nathan Hankins, 34, was taken into custody at 5:37 p.m. after city police found him hiding in a pantry inside his residence in the 300 block of Springfield Road.

Patrolman Josh Smith had spotted Hankins driving a red-orange GMC SUV west on Highway 28. Hankins is known to have a suspended driver’s license and has convictions as recently as Feb. 21 in Gasconade County’s Division IV  Associate Circuit Court for multiple traffic violations including driving revoked, DWI, child endangerment, and careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident without having insurance.

Smith attempted to stop Hankins but he fled at a high rate of speed onto Kuhne Road. He passed two vehicles, police allege, while traveling more than 60 miles per hour. He cut across Buchholz Hollow Road and returned to the city limits without stopping at numerous stop signs as he turned onto North Second, West Marvin, Springfield, Harrison,Cuba and eventually onto alley behind his residence.

He ran inside and hid from police, according to Smith’s report.

Additional police including a county deputy sheriff and a Missouri State Highway Patrolman, and city Sgt. Scott Griffith arrived as backup following the approximately 10-minute pursuit. 

“Hankins was found hiding in the food pantry which is approximately five feet from the apartment door where I made entry,” according to Smith’s report filed with the application for felony warrant.

Hankins was transported to the Crawford County jail and released following a 24-hour hold.

Owensville police are asking for charges including felony driving while revoked, resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and C&I driving.

He was given a suspended execution of sentence on Feb. 21 and placed on probation for two years. Court records indicate he was given 30 days of jail in one case with credit for time served. In another which included as DWI charge as a prior offender, he was given 60 days in jail with 15 days of shock credit due to time served.

Griffith said Tuesday afternoon the department was waiting to hear  back from the prosecuting attorney on their application for additional charges.