A Nashville man is facing a felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor drug charge after troopers say he sped off when they tried to stop him on Interstate 70 in Cooper County on April 16.
Moises Bonilla-Mendez, 20, of Nashville, was driving a red Chevrolet Camaro in the left, eastbound lane of I-70 when Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan Wallace saw him at mile marker 93 in Cooper County around 4:30 p.m. Wallace started following the Camaro for driving in the left lane too long, then he saw it was “occupied by a Hispanic male driver,” he wrote in a probable cause statement.
The Camaro continued to drive in the left lane without passing any other cars. Wallace caught up to the Camaro and clocked Bonilla-Mendez at 92 mph in a 70 mph zone, he wrote. Wallace tried to stop the Camaro at mile marker 97, but Bonilla-Mendez kept going in the left lane, staying at speeds between 85 and 100 mph, Wallace wrote.
Another trooper laid down spike strips near the 118 mile marker in Boone County. After the Camaro drove over the spikes, Bonilla-Mendez threw several bags out of the driver-side window, which troopers believe were drugs, Wallace wrote.
After he was stopped, Bonilla-Mendez refused to surrender to troopers, Wallace wrote. Troopers used force to arrest him after he started waking away from the Camaro. Troopers found a small amount of marijuana when they searched the Camaro, Wallace wrote.
Bonilla-Mendez is currently being held in the Cooper County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. He faces a felony charge of resisting arrest by fleeing, and misdemeanors for speeding, driving in the left lane, driving without a license and possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.