A man who fled from Frontenac officers during a traffic stop and crashed into a guardrail was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, police said.
Christopher Zomphier, 34, of the 500 block of Pelican Lane in Florissant, was charged Jan. 29 with resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated, combined with alcohol and drug intoxication.
Frontenac Police said officers saw Zomphier driving on Interstate 64 near Ballas Road at about 1:58 a.m. May 26, and he kept drifting and failed to maintain a single lane. An officer pulled him over, but as he was walking towards his car, Zomphier sped away, according to a report.
The officer said Zomphier went onto I-270 north at a high rate of speed and turned onto Ladue Road. He ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail on a turn at Ladue and Warson roads, police said.
Zomphier was injured and taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. A blood analysis determined Zomphier was under the influence of alcohol, cannabinoid (synthetic marijuana) and benzodiazepine, according to the police report.
Bond has been set at $25,000, cash only.
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