Worthington arrested for multiple felonies after high speed chase, crash

Steve Chapman

Roberto Worthington

Suspect allegedly crashed car into boulder at Conco Quarry with involuntary passenger inside
A Springfield man was arrested on Sunday, Sept. 27 after allegedly crashing a car he was driving at a quarry in Willard. Roberto Worthington, 20, faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree domestic assault, first-degree tampering and resisting a lawful stop.
According to the probable cause statement in the case, a woman who was a passenger in a Pontiac Grand-Am Worthington was driving sent a message to a friend that she was being held hostage by Worthington. The friend then called 911.
A Greene County deputy sheriff spotted the vehicle, but when he turned on his flashing lights to signal Worthington to stop, Worthington allegedly refused and fled at speeds between 80 and 102 miles per hour. Worthington then reportedly drove through a closed metal gate leading to Conco Quarry in Willard. A few seconds later, the vehicle left the road and struck a large boulder, ending the pursuit.
The woman suffered a broken leg and an unknown injury in her back. Worthington suffered injuries believed to be related to the deployment of the vehicle’s airbags; he was later released from the hospital and booked into the Greene County Jail.
 Victim speaks from hospital
At the hospital, a deputy spoke with the victim, who said she’d been riding with Worthington since between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. that morning in an attempt to get her car back (the car Worthington was driving was hers). As the morning continued, and she remained in the car with Worthington, she contacted a friend and notified him about where she was and what was going on. Worthington then turned on a scanner application and heard his name mentioned, and then saw the lights of the police vehicle behind them.
The victim said she asked Worthington to let her out of the vehicle, and said he told her he would crash the car if she didn’t “shut up.” She also told the deputy she feared for her life and thought “(Worthington) would intentionally try to kill her due to his reckless driving and statements.”
Worthington said he and the victim met up after she requested he return her vehicle, and at one point, while they were driving around and talking, he turned on a scanner application he’d downloaded to his phone and heard his name mentioned, so he planned to run and hide.
While speaking to the deputy, Worthington also said he became very scared when he saw the police lights behind him and “Anxiety (kicked) in,” and he lost focus to the point where “I don’t even know what the heck I’m doing.”
Worthington said the accident happened when he made a wrong turn and crashed into the gate of the quarry, and then struck the boulder. He also said, “If I’m in a high-speed chase, I won’t stop until I hit something.” He also denied that the victim asked him to stop the vehicle.”
As of press time, Worthington remained in the Greene County Jail.


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