Man accused of hitting St. Francois deputy arrested

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DE SOTO, MO (KPLR) – Authorities have captured a man accused of fleeing an arrest warrant and driving into a St. Francois Sheriff’s deputy in the process.

According to The Park Hills (Mo.) Daily Journal, 48-year-old Donald Hornsey was taken into custody around 11 p.m. without incident. He was located in a trailer not far from where he disappeared on foot in the woods.

Authorities spent a lot of time searching a very rural part of southern Jefferson County on Tuesday morning, near where the suspect’s sister lives. While they didn’t think Hornsey was armed, authorities took no chances, and brought out their guns and search dogs.

The sheriff’s deputy stopped to check on a couple suspicious vehicles. Authorities said Hornsey ran and jumped into his friend’s red pickup truck. Hornsey stole the vehicle and struck the deputy. Despite being injured, the deputy was still able to arrest the other two men who were with Hornsey.

The sheriff’s office said Hornsey was due at Desloge City Hall that afternoon to answer for a shoplifting charge.