Russell E. Wiles, 45, of Vandalia, a fugitive from the Vandalia Police Department, was apprehended on October 12, by the Osage County Sheriff’s Department.

On September 19, 2017 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. An officer arrived on scene and located the vehicle in question. The driver, later identified as; Russell Wiles, exited the vehicle and then re-entered the vehicle and fled the scene leading officers on a high-speed chase through the city.

According to a press release from Vandalia Police Department, Wiles then left the city limits and the pursuit continued into rural Audrain County. Officer discontinued the pursuit when the subject entered a bean field and officers lost sight of the vehicle. The vehicle was later located after crashing in the area of Audrain County Road 556 in a drainage ditch, according to the press release.

Information along with charges of resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing – creating a substantial risk of serious injury/death to any person-felony e, property damage first degree-felony e, leaving the scene of an accident- property damage exceeding $1000-felony e, failure 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 were sent to the Audrain County Prosecutor’s office. A warrant was issued for Wiles with a bond amount of $15,000.

Individuals arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.