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The Lake News Online
  • Arrest made in chase through Sunrise Beach Monday

  • Sunrise Beach police have arrested one of the suspects in a chase that occurred in the Lake Rd. 5-35 area Monday afternoon.
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  • Sunrise Beach police have arrested one of the suspects in a chase that occurred in the Lake Rd. 5-35 area Monday afternoon.
    Todd D. Counts, 30, of Gravois Mills is being charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, going 85 in a 35 mph zone, no helmet and operating an ATV/dirt bike on the highway and lake road.
    Sunrise Beach Police Chief Dave Slavens said he would also be filing felony charges in Camden County against Counts for his third offense for driving with a revoked license.
    Slavens said he received an anonymous tip about the suspect after the story on the chase was published on www.LakeNewsOnline.com and in the Lake Sun.
    Upon questioning from Slavens, Counts confessed to running from police on his white dirt bike after coming across Slavens' patrol vehicle at Rock Harbor Rd. and Beachwood Drive (formerly Lake Rd. 5-35) shortly after noon Aug. 26.
    Slavens was out on routine patrol when he saw a man on a red four-wheeler and a man on a white motorcycle traveling down Beachwood Drive. They were not wearing helmets.
    Just his presence caused the men to gun their vehicles and take off at a high rate of speed, said Slavens, who followed in pursuit and called for back-up.
    As Slavens chased them toward the old Cardinal Resort on Kansas City Way, the four-wheeler lost control and went into the ditch but managed to stay upright. Slavens continued after the motorcycle which circled the cul-de-sac down Kansas City Way and headed back away from the lake.
    Slavens chased the motorcycle back up Beachwood Drive before losing sight of it after it turned south down a power line easement recently cut for the installation of a natural gas line.
    Officers from Morgan and Camden County sheriff's departments, the Laurie Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived in the area and helped Sunrise Beach police search the area. They scoured the area for more than two hours, but did not find the men again, according to Slavens.
    The other suspect involved in the chase has not been arrested.

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