An incident in Camden County that involved shots fired by deputies occurred in a followup call to a police chase early that morning. The second incident involved a pursuit as well. No one was injured by the gunfire. The suspect allegedly tried to strike multiple law enforcement officers during the two incidents, but they were able to avoid being hit.
According to a probable cause statement filed against Floyd R. Welsh, the 56-year-old fled deputies for the second time in less than 24 hours after they arrived at a residence at 496 Whispering Valley Road, Camdenton, Tuesday evening. Deputies went to the residence as a followup to an incident at 3:27 that morning, April 24, 2018.
The residence is located southwest of Camdenton and north of Decturville between State Route D and S. Highway 5.
The probable cause statement filed in the second incident states that the van Welsh was driving struck other motor vehicles sitting at the residence as he attempted to evade arriving officers and allegedly attempted to strike two officers with the van as he fled.
At that point, two deputies reportedly discharged their firearms into the passenger side rear tire, attempting to stop the vehicle. Welsh continued on in the van regardless and left the property at a high rate of speed, turning left onto Spencer Creek Road from Whispering Valley. The van was reportedly weaving from one side of the roadway to the other as it fled. Deputies lost sight of Welsh but caught up with him in the 6000 block of Route D, still weaving into the oncoming lane of the state highway until he finally lost control of the van.
The van struck the ditch and rolled once. Deputies then made contact with Welsh inside the vehicle.
Deputies reported the odor of intoxicants coming from Welsh. He allegedly told EMS responders that he didn’t drink but had been drinking. Welsh refused any test without speaking to his lawyer. He was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital to be checked out.
A preliminary MSHP crash report confirmed details of the wreck on State Route D.
According to the description from the MSHP report, the crash involved a 1996 Dodge Ram van driven by Welsh. The report states that the van was being pursued by a Camden County deputy.
According to the report, the southbound van ran off the left side of the roadway after a bend in the road. It then reportedly overcorrected and ran off the right side of the roadway before overturning and coming to rest on its wheels.
The wreck occurred about 0.4 mile after Darby Hollow Road.
The MSHP report described Welsh’s injuries as moderate. The van was totaled.
This evening incident stemmed from another several hours earlier.
Another probable cause statement against Welsh states that two deputies responded to 496 Whispering Valley Road for an unspecified reason. Arriving at the residence, the deputy reportedly saw a silver Chevrolet pickup drive through the yard, identifying the driver from “past experience” as Floyd Welsh. Welsh allegedly turned the pickup toward the patrol vehicle and accelerated, striking another motor vehicle.
One of the deputies stated he got out of his patrol vehicle to “relocate to a safer position.”
As he exited the patrol vehicle, the deputy said he loudly told Welsh to stop. Welsh allegedly accelerated the pickup backwards towards the deputy, yelling an expletive at the officer who jumped out of the way to avoid being struck. The pickup missed the deputy by approximately 12 inches, the deputy reported.
Leaving the scene, the pickup traveled on Whispering Valley Road, accelerating to turn right onto Spencer Creek Road.
According to the deputy’s report, the pickup was traveling at an excessive rate of speed while weaving from side to side on the roadway.
With the deputy in pursuit, the pickup allegedly continued at a high rate of speed for approximately three miles until it lost control and slid off the right side of the roadway. The pickup struck several trees on the side of the road and sustained heavy front end damage.
Welsh then bailed out and ran into the woods. The deputy said he was unable to locate Welsh.
In the document, the deputy noted that Welsh struck a motor vehicle located on his property in a careless attempt to strike law enforcement.
In once case, charges of felony A first degree assault or attempted assault of serious physical injury or special victim and felony E resisting arrest by fleeing creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person have been filed. Bond was denied.
In the other case, Welsh was charged with two counts of felony B first degree assault and one count each of felony C driving while intoxicated - chronic offender, felony E resisting arrest for a felony, misdemeanor A failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in an accident, misdemeanor A operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident and misdemeanor C failure to signal.