Just before 7 a.m., one of three inmates being transported from Pettis County to the Missouri Department of Corrections complained of abdominal pains while on Interstate 70 near Boonville. The officer stopped at a rest area east of Boonville to check on the inmate and escorted him into the men’s room. While inside the inmate, identified as Ronald W. Greer, Jr, overpowered the deputy and a citizen who tried to assist, obtaining the keys to the patrol vehicle. The inmate was chased to the patrol car where a second struggle ensued, but the inmate was able to enter the vehicle and drive away with the other two inmates still restrained in the back seat of the car.
Approximately 45 minutes later, Glasgow Police spotted the stolen patrol car and a chase ensued southbound on Highway 87 towards Boonville. The driver turned onto a private lane and through several fields before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot into a wooded area. The other two inmates were recaptured at the location without incident.
Officers from Howard and Cooper County Sheriff’s Offices, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and several area police departments conducted a manhunt, aided by air support units from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Greer was recaptured around 10am approximately three miles south of where he fled on foot. All three inmates were transported back to the Pettis County Jail.
Greer will face numerous charges including escape, assault on a law enforcement officer, and tampering in both Cooper and Howard Counties.
The deputy was treated and released from Cooper County Memorial Hospital with minor cuts and abrasions.
The subject was later recaptured and is now in custody of Pettis County.