A Missouri County jail inmate is back in custody after hijacking a car from a sheriff’s deputy.
According to the sheriff’s department, a Pettis County deputy was driving two males and one female to state prisons in Fulton and Vandalia Thursday when inmate Ronald W. Greer, Jr., complained to the deputy of stomach pains. Greer convinced him to pull over at a rest stop in Cooper County where he overpowered the officer and a citizen who tried to help. Greer grabbed the keys and fled the scene in the patrol car with the other two inmates still restrained in the backseat.
About 45 minutes later, the car was spotted by Glasgow police and a chase ensued. Eventually Greer drove down a private lane and through several fields before fleeing on foot. Officers nabbed him at about 10 a.m. approximately 3 miles from where he left the car. The other two inmates were recaptured in the car with no incident.
Greer will face charges in both Cooper and Howard Counties including escape, assault on a law enforcement officer and tampering.
The deputy who was injured was treated and released from Cooper County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.