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Active night for
I-29 driver

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A St. Joseph man faces multiple charges after allegedly creating a traffic disruption and later damaging a state trooper’s patrol vehicle on Interstate 29 in Platte County Friday night.

Charged with a felony count of property damage and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated is Vincent G. Deangelis, 24.

At about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Missouri State Highyway Patrol Trooper K. Jeffers was dispatched to check for a careless and imprudent driver in a red pickup on southbound Interstate 29 near the 38 mile marker. The truck was reportedly stopping in the middle of the roadway.

The trooper says he located the vehicle off the right side of southbound I-29 near the 26 mile marker. The trooper says he found “several tire marks in the southbound lane of I-29 where the vehicle was purposely driven in circles.”

According to court documents, the trooper then handcuffed Deangelis and placed him in the front seat of his patrol car. While standing outside his car, the trooper says he heard Deangelis hitting the car’s front passenger window and windshield. The trooper says he instructed Deangeleis to stop hitting the windows. After hearing Deangelis allegedly hit the windows again, the trooper says he noticed both of the windows were broken.

Court records allege that in the patrol car and while at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Deangelis made incoherent statements concerning time, working for the government, his destination and religion. Deangelis allegedly admitted that he used controlled substances and remarked that he intentionally drove his vehicle in an erratic manner “because it was fun,” according to court documents.

Deangelis remains in custody in the Platte County Jail with his bond set at $5,000 cash-only by Judge Ann Hansbrough. Conditions of bond would include alcohol monitoring, a drug patch, and no driving.

Court records indicate that Deangelis was scheduled for a video arraignment on Monday, but according to jail personnel he was “disruptive and unable to participate.” His arraignment was rescheduled to Tuesday.

On Tuesday, his attorney, Timothy Mudd, filed an entry of appearance and designation of lead counsel, as well as a first request for discovery.