A 33- year old Donnelson, Iowa man enjoyed just over a half an hour of freedom when he briefly escaped custody before being picked up at the Catfish Place restaurant near Arbela.
The story began when Joshua J. LaBrasca was apprehended by the Missouri State Highway Patrol yesterday morning and charged with a third offense of driving while intoxicated. The story gets more interesting from there…
The Missouri State Highway Patrol brought LaBrasca in for processing at the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, and according to Chief Deputy Bryon Whitney, as LaBrasca was being processed at 11:50 a.m., LaBrasca reached for his cell phone, then escaped from the dispatch center by fleeing on foot.
LaBrasca was located at the Catfish Place Restaurant at around 12:24 p.m.. It seems upon his arrival in the Catfish Place parking lot, LaBrasca came upon a Memphis Police Department officer, who was sitting on the car LaBrasca was trying to pick up to get away.
LaBrasca was then taken into custody by the Memphis Police Department and charged with the Class D felony of Driving While Intoxicated-Third Offense, being a persistent offender, and escape from custody while under arrest for a felony offense, a Class D felony. Other charges are also pending.
Bond for LaBrasca was set at fifty thousand dollars cash only, with a court date of February 22nd at 1:00 p.m….