Russell E. Wiles, age 45, of Vandalia, was apprehended on October 12 by the Osage County Sheriff’s Department. Wiles was a fugitive from the Vandalia Police Department.
On September 19, the Vandalia Police Department responded to the area of South Lincoln St. for a report of a physical domestic taking place between two individuals in a vehicle with a female subject reportedly being dragged by the vehicle for a short distance.
The officer arrived on scene and located the vehicle in question. The driver, later identified as Russell Wiles, exited the vehicle and then quickly re-entered the vehicle and fled the scene leading officers on a high-speed chase through the city.
Wiles then left the city limits and the pursuit continued into rural Audrain County. The officer discontinued the pursuit when the subject entered a bean field and the officer lost sight of the vehicle.
The vehicle was later located after crashing in the area of Audrain County Rd. 556 in a drainage ditch.
Information along with charges of were sent to the Audrain County Prosecuter’s office of Resisting Arrest, Detention, and Stop by Fleeing Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to any person-Felony E; Property Damage, 1st Degree; Felony E, Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Property Damage Exceeding $1,000-Felony E; Fail to Yield to Emergency Vehicle/with Lights and Sirens-Misdemeanor A; Operating a Motor Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner-Misdemeanor B; Fail to Stop at Stop Sign-Misdemeanor C; Failure to Signal-Misdemeanor C; Possession of Controlled Substance-Felony D; Possession of Controlled Substance-Felony D; and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-Misdemeanor D.
A warrant was issued for Wiles with a bond amount of $15,000 dollars.
Individuals arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.