Deputy Speaks Out After Chase & Crash

Deputy Speaks Out After Chase & Crash
By: Wes Wallace

SCOTT COUNTY, MO --It's no secret law enforcement officer face a difficult day at work, each and every time they respond to any call.   That's certainly true on Monday, when officers from Miner, Sikeston DPS, and Scott County all got involved with a police pursuit.    It ended when the suspects' truck collided with a deputy cruiser.

We brought you the story earlier on Monday, now we hear from that Dane Stausing, the deputy injured in that crash.

"The guy was going all over the place, driving erratically, right down the middle of the road, and we didn't want anyone else to get hurt,"  says Stausing.

Dash cam video from several other police cars shows what happened, after Stausing passed the truck to try and slow it down and to warn oncoming traffic.

The stolen truck, driven by Eric Swanson and his passenger Crystal Victorian, hit Stausing's cruiser and then veered off the left side of the road, hitting a utility pole, and crashing on it's side.

"That hurt,"  recalls Stausing, who suffered some bruising to his stomach, swollen intestines, and a sore neck and back.  However, he thought of his family first, "I was thinking about my wife and my new son.  He's just four weeks old."

Stausing got out of the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.  The two suspects were treated and released into the Scott County jail on charges of assault of a police officer.

The chase started when the pair got pulled over for a routine traffic stop.   They'd stolen the truck from Minnesota, and took off not once, but twice after getting pulled over.