LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — A man who fled from police by jumping in the Lake is now behind bars facing felony charges.
According to the Osage Beach Police Department, on Thursday, July 30, officers responded to Home Depot to take a report of a stolen green 2005 Ford F-350. While at Home Depot, officers were advised that the stolen vehicle was traveling west, toward Osage Beach, on Highway 42. One of the officers responded to Highway 42, observed the vehicle, and attempted to stop the driver, at which time authorities say the driver fled.
A multi-agency pursuit took police officers and deputies on Osage Beach Parkway, Highway 242, and Horseshoe Bend Parkway toward the Lodge of the Four Seasons. Police say three attempts to deploy stop sticks were made on Horseshoe Bend Parkway, which the driver was able to avoid. The driver reportedly traveled to the end of Horseshoe Bend Parkway, looped around the officers and continued back toward Lake Ozark, turning on to Bittersweet Road where Camden County Sheriff’s Deputies and Lake Ozark Police Officers were able to deploy stop sticks once again. This time the driver struck the sticks, deflating the front and rear passenger side tires. The driver, identified as Terry Dickens, a white male, age 50, from Sibley, Mo., came to a stop at Shady Gators, police say.
Dickens reportedly exited the vehicle and fled on foot towards Lazy Gators, where he jumped into the Lake. Officers were eventually able to talk Dickens into swimming back to shore, where he was taken into custody.
Dickens was checked on scene by medical staff and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by officers to be examined. After he was deemed fit for confinement, he was transported to Camden County Sheriff’s Office Jail to await charges.
Dickens was charged with 2 counts of Tampering with Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree; Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing – Creating A Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to Any Person; and Driving While Revoked/Suspended – 2nd or 3rd Offense. No bond has been set.
The Osage Beach Police Department was assisted by Lake Ozark Police Department, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District.