From:              Hannibal Police Department

Date:               December, 5th 2016

Phone:            573-221-0987

Fax:                 573-221-3966

Contact:         Cpl. J Alex Grote


On Monday, December 05, 2016 at 7:11 PM officers were called to the 1800 block of Booker Street in Hannibal for a report of a possible domestic disturbance. While officers were on their way they were told one of the subjects involved, a 62 year old Hannibal man, Sterling E. Owens, had a suspended driver’s license and was driving a red truck. Officers with both the Hannibal Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol saw the vehicle at Highway 79 and Union where they initiated a traffic stop. When he was contacted officers asked him to step out of the truck and he fled from the scene recklessly at a high rate of speed north on Highway 79. Officers followed him as he veered into the oncoming lane of traffic. As he approached the intersection of Highway 79 and Center he lost control and struck the Hannibal Courier Post building at 200 N 3rd. Owens had visible injuries and was transported the Hannibal Regional Hospital by the Marion County Ambulance. He was later issued multiple citations for various traffic offenses.