Man assaulted stepfather and led police in high-speed chase
On Monday morning, an officer from the Missoula Police Department was dispatched to an ongoing burglary on Wapikiya Drive. The appellant testified that his stepson, Andrew Cox, 40, broke into their home and then left in his 1999 Silver Cadillac.
Upon arrival, the officer saw a woman outside the residence. She informed him that her adult son, Cox, was currently staying in their shed. She said that about two years ago she and her husband legally adopted Cox’s son and now have full custody. That morning Cox came to the house and yelled that he wanted his son from outside. Police Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.
“The suspect man, Andrew Cox, was trying to reach a minor and had started to physically assault the adults in the residence, causing injury and fear,” Arnold said. “Before the agent arrived, Cox left the residence in a vehicle. Dispatch received several mobile violation calls that matched the description of the vehicle Cox was driving. An officer remained at the scene of the incident, believing that Cox would return to the residence and continue injuring the victim. “
Arnold said the officer was sitting in his patrol car when Cox’s vehicle returned to the residence. The officer told Cox to get out of the vehicle, but Cox refused and left.
“The officer got into his vehicle, activated his emergency lights and sirens and attempted to trigger a traffic stop,” Arnold said. “Cox didn’t give in. He endangered many drivers and uninvolved citizens as he led police and assistance agencies in a lawsuit involving multiple traffic violations. The Missoula Police Department, Highway Patrol and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the pursuit.
In the end, stop sticks were successfully deployed twice on his vehicle before he entered Lolo. Although he touched the stop sticks, he continued to go about 86 miles per hour. As he began to lose rubber from his tires near the “S” curves, his speed slowed down. Highway Patrol then successfully performed a “PIT” maneuver on the vehicle, causing Cox to lose control and stop. Cox was arrested without incident and no injuries were reported as a result of the pursuit of the vehicle.
Officers spoke to Cox’s mother about the initial burglary. She said Cox smashed a window, entered her home and started punching her 76-year-old husband in the face and stomach. When she tried to intervene, Cox threatened to hit her as well.
The officer then spoke briefly to the child. He said he heard what happened and was afraid Cox would come and get him. He said he heard Cox tell his grandmother he was going to kill her. He said he hid in the closet during the incident.
Cox is currently charged with aggravated burglary, criminal endangerment, two counts of assaulting a partner or family member, criminal mischief and flight or escape from a peace officer.
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