Crooks claimed he “found the items in a box 'down on the side of the road,' marked free,” according to the probable cause statement, but he could not specify what road he had found the box on and he did not know what items had had taken out of the box.

Joshua David Crooks is facing three felony charges and two misdemeanors after police found a pipe bomb and alleged methamphetamine in his car following a brief chase southwest of Camdenton. 

The 31-year-old Camenton man is facing one count each of possession of a controlled substance, Class D felony; unlawful possession, transport of an illegal weapon, Class D felony; resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing creating substantial risk of serious injury or death, Class E felony; second offense for operating a vehicle on the highway without a valid license, Class A misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D misdemeanor.

The incident occurred after a Camden County deputy reportedly observed a car drive through the intersection of Route D and Tunnel Dam Road without stopping at the stop sign around 2:55 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. 

The Nissan Altima went eastbound on Route D as the deputy turned his patrol vehicle around on Tunnel Dam Road. Getting behind the tan car, the deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the car drove off at a high rate of speed, according to the probable cause statement filed against Crooks.

During the pursuit, the car struck a mailbox at 9271 Route D and came to a complete stop in the driveway of the residence.

“I observed the driver switch seats as to make it appear like he had not ben driving,” the deputy stated in the court document. A female passenger was also in the vehicle.

Crooks identified himself to the deputy and then admitted to driving the vehicle. He reportedly told the officer that he was attempting to flee because his driver’s license had been suspended. 

The deputy confirmed Crooks’ status through Camden County Communications and placed him under arrest.

Crooks then gave consent for the deputy to search the car. According to the probable cause statement, the deputy found a scale with a white crystalline substance on it that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

After briefly questioning the female passenger, G.S., who said she had only been riding with Crooks a short time, the deputy continued searching the car and found what appeared to be an explosive device. 

“The device was hard, wrapped in tape, and had what appeared to be a green fuse extending out of the device,” the deputy wrote in the court document. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol bomb squad was contacted via the deputy’s supervisor who also responded to the scene. 

The Camden County corporal advised Crooks of his Miranda rights and questioned Crooks about the items found in the vehicle. 

Crooks claimed he “found the items in a box ‘down on the side of the road,’ marked free,” according to the probable cause statement, but he could not specify what road he had found the box on and he did not know what items had had taken out of the box. 

The court document adds, “It should be noted that the weight scale had been located in the glove box of the vehicle and the pipe bomb was located on the floor board of the passenger side of the vehicle in the rear seat area of the vehicle.”

The bomb squad advised that the device was a pipe bomb which they destroyed and rendered safe for evidentiary holding. 

Crooks was placed on a 24-hour hold pending charges. He is being held at the Camden County Adult Detention Center.