A Fulton man was taken into custody after threatening to harm himself, taking a car and then leading police on a chase into Boone County, officials said.
Charles McMasters, 39, was being held without bond Wednesday in the Callaway County Jail on numerous charges including first-degree tampering, resisting arrest, careless and imprudent driving, first-degree assault with a vehicle, first-degree assault on law enforcement and property damage.
Fulton police responded at 2:46 p.m. at the 300 block of Westminster Avenue when McMasters was reported to be threatening self-harm. McMasters was with a social worker and entered into the worker's vehicle when officers and medics arrived on the scene. Officers tried to stop him with tasers but were unsuccessful as McMasters struck the worker and an officer with the vehicle, knocking them to the ground. Both suffered moderate injuries.
McMasters then fled west of Fulton toward Columbia on Route F and then onto Route WW before spike strips were deployed near Legion Drive and Route WW near Columbia. The Missouri Highway Patrol, the Boone and Callaway county sheriff departments and Columbia Police Department assisted with the pursuit.