May 31, 2012

K-9 Unit Tracks Missing Driver

A Gorin man is facing numerous charges after crashing a stolen vehicle in Scotland County early on the morning of Tuesday, May 22nd.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Matthew E. Coop, 25, of Gorin crashed the stolen 2001 Chevrolet truck in the early morning hours. on Route U, 1.5 miles east of Gorin.

Coop was apparently westbound in the vehicle when he lost control. The truck traveled off the left side of the roadway where it struck a ditch and then overturned several times before striking a utility pole.

The accident was discovered at 5 a.m. A witness reported seeing the driver leave the scene of the crash and head into the wooded area nearby.

The Missouri State Highway summoned a K-9 unit from LaGrange to track the driver. The special unit was able to track the individual to an area north of the crash. Coop was spotted at this scene, sitting in a pickup truck parked at the residence.

He exited the truck but was stopped by Sheriff Wayne Winn and questioned regarding the accident. Evidence at both scenes led officers to arrest Coop for the accident.

He was transported by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries.

At 8:10 a.m., Coop was cited for felony leaving the scene of an accident, felony resisting arrest by fleeing and felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree. He also was ticketed for possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver's license, careless and imprudent driving and failure to wear a seatbelt.

During the investigation, the truck was learned to have been stolen earlier that morning from the parking lot east of Brett's Automotive in Kahoka.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff's Office and Scotland County first responders.

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