Domestic assault turns to cop assault in Camden County

Daniel Gaines (Camden County jail)
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CAMDENTON, Mo. - A man from Camdenton faces five charges after Camden County deputies say he assaulted his wife, then fled from deputies and rammed a patrol vehicle when deputies tried to stop him during a chase. The deputy in that patrol vehicle was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department says deputies went to a home off Hidden Drive near Camdenton about 10:20 Monday night after a 9-1-1 call about a domestic assault. Deputies found Daniel Gaines’ wife with visible injuries from being hit in the face and choked. Gaines fled in a pickup before deputies arrived.

Deputies found Gaines in his pickup just before midnight near U.S. 54 at Missouri 5. They tried to pull over Gaines near Missouri 5 at Harvest Road. Gaines stopped and deputies asked him to get out of the truck.

The deputies said Gaines put the pickup in gear and sped away, leading to a chase. When one deputy tried to pass him, he said Gaines rammed his patrol vehicle several times, disabling the patrol vehicle and slightly injuring the deputy.

Deputies say Gaines then drove towards his home and went through a ditch, disabling his vehicle. He got out of the pickup and moved toward deputies. One of them used an electric stun gun on Gaines and deputies arrested him.

Gaines, 35, is in the Camden County jail with no bond. He’s charged with first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, first-degree domestic assault, property damage, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana. If he’s convicted, he could get prison sentences as long as 30 years for the assaults.