Man who pulled in front of deputies is accused of impeding chase; cyclist is accused of witness tampering

OSCEOLA, Mo. - A man from Stockton is charged with interfering with a law enforcement chase on Missouri 13 last summer. St. Clair County deputies were trying to stop two speeding motorcycles on July 16 when they say Jeremy Schies, 31, got in their way and then tried to cause a crash.

The chase started in Osceola when an officer tried to pull over two motorcyclists who were speeding north on Missouri 13. The bikers kept going seven miles to Lowry City and then turned back south. Several deputies joined the chase by that time. When the motorcyclists passed back through Osceola, deputies say, they were going about 135 miles per hour.

North of Collins, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department says, the motorcycles passed a truck driven by Schies, who was pulling a trailer. Deputies said the truck switched lanes in front of a deputy to prevent the deputy from chasing the bikers.

One deputy tried to stop Schies to ticket him for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle but he wouldn’t pull over for several miles, the sheriff’s department said. Between Collins and Humansville, he slammed on his brakes and stopped in the middle of a lane. The deputy avoided an accident and arrested Schies, who wasn’t charged until Oct. 13, three months after the chase.

 

If he’s convicted, Schies could get a prison sentence up to seven years for assaulting a law enforcement officer and up to four years for interfering with an arrest. He’s free on a $25,000 bond.

The chase continued all the way to Bolivar, when one of the bikers pulled over and was arrested. He’s Eric Woods, 21, of Springfield. The other biker kept going but was charged a month later. He’s Austin Turner, 21, of Springfield.

Woods is free on a $25,000 bond. Turner is free on a $5,000 bond. Both are charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, speeding, careless and imprudent driving, not having a license to drive a motorcycle. Turner also is charged with driving with a revoked license.

St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney Josh Jones on Friday asked a judge to revoke Turner's bond because he says Turner and Turner's father have threatened to kill Woods and another witness in his case for giving his name to law enforcement officers and for testifying against him. Jones said Woods and the other witness have both obtained legal orders of protection against the Turners because of the threats and harassment.

Jones' motion also says he wants Turner's father, Richard Turner, charged with witness tampering, but the charge may have to be made in Greene County, where the Turners, Woods, and the other witness all live. No hearing is scheduled on the prosecutor's motion to revoke bond.

In Jones' motion, he said Turner bragged about being in an outlaw motorcycle club called Galloping Goose.

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