Monday, January 3, 2011
Two Holts Summit men were arrested during the weekend after they were involved in separate high-speed chases by area law enforcement officers.
Stanley Ronimous, 42, of 3393 State Road AA, Holts Summit, is in Cole County Jail after a high-speed, 40-minute chase that involved the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Holts Summit Police and Jefferson City Police.
Sgt. Clay Chism of the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department said his department was called to assist Jefferson City Police in a vehicle pursuit at 2:02 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 94 north of Jefferson City.
During the chase Ronimous traveled numerous county and state roads in the Holts Summit and Tebbetts area, Chism said. He said Ronimous’s vehicle hit a Holts Summit Police patrol car. The 40-minute chase ended after Ronimous fled from his vehicle on foot and was captured by pursuing Callaway County deputies, who were leading the chase in Callaway County.
Chism said Ronimous was turned over to Jefferson City Police, the initial pursuing agency.
In Cole County Circuit Court, Ronimous faces a Class D felony charge of driving while intoxicated with drugs as a persistent offender, and a Class D felony charge of resisting arrest and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death.
Callaway County deputies were involved in a second weekend high-speed chase on Sunday near New Bloomfield.
Arrested on felony charges of resisting arrest and driving with a revoked license was William Jason Saffeel, 36, Holts Summit.
Chism said the chase began at 1:09 a.m. when deputies were patrolling near New Bloomfield.
A deputy who knew Saffeel’s driver’s license was revoked spotted Saffeel driving on County Road 370. The deputy attempted to stop Saffeel, who led the deputy on a pursuit that lasted for 31 minutes. Saffeel traveled several county and state roads in the New Bloomfield and Holts Summit area. After Saffeel’s vehicle became disabled on County Road 363, he was taken into custody, Chism said.
Saffeel posted a total of $14,000 in bonds and was released from Callaway County Jail pending a court appearance in Callaway County Circuit Court.
Chism said Saffeel also is wanted by Cole County authorities on another unrelated felony warrant.
Chism confirmed that the two high-speed chases during the weekend “had no connection whatsoever with the death of retired Jefferson City Police Officer Paul Plunkett, who was murdered Saturday at his home in Holts Summit.”