A high-speed chase that began in Seymour and ended on Highway FF, northeast of Fordland, resulted in the arrest of a 44-year-old Springfield man who was carrying three passengers in his black Jeep late Sunday night.
Arrested was Donald Harold Evans, who is facing a pair of felony charges for driving while revoked and resisting or interfering with a felony arrest.
According to a probable-cause statement from Tyler Smith, a patrolman for the Seymour Police Department, Evans also had four active warrants when arrested just before 10 p.m. on Sunday.
He was taken to the Webster County Jail in Marshfield after his arrest.
Smith was on patrol near the Casey’s General Store on Loveland Street around 9:10 p.m. Sunday when he saw the aforementioned Jeep with an expired rear license plate. He then noticed the front plate, bearing a different plate number, also was expired. When run by county dispatch, the plates were registered to a Buick.
The officer then followed the Jeep as it left Casey’s and turned westbound onto U.S. 60. Smith then activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.
That’s when the driver, later identified as Evans, failed to stop and continued westbound on the four-lane highway in Seymour. A chase commenced.
“The driver reached speeds of 100 (miles per hour)” in the case, Smith said in his report, adding that when the Jeep reached the intersection of U.S. 60 and Highway A at Diggins, it turned northbound on Highway A.
On Highway A, Evans’ Jeep reached 70 miles per hour at times, turning on Hickory Hill Drive, then coming back to Highway A, where it went south. Once Evans arrived at the Highway FF intersection on Highway A, it turned west to Highway FF.
When Evans came to a driveway at 7759 Highway FF, he pulled in, quickly put the Jeep in park, jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot.
“I then began a foot pursuit,” Smith wrote in his report.
“I caught up to the driver, gave him loud verbal commands and instructed him to get on the ground. I drew my duty weapon ... the driver then got down on the ground.”
Smith held Evans at gunpoint until a Webster County Sheriff’s Department deputy detained all of the passengers in the Jeep. Once the passengers were detained, the deputy placed Evans in double-locked handcuffs.
Passengers in Evans’ Jeep included Matthew Evans, Sheena A. Gray and Krista Nicole Peck, according to Smith’s report.
Donald Evans, the driver, had a suspended license and four active warrants, while Matthew Evans also had four warrants outside of extradition.
“An inventory of the vehicle was conducted,” Smith continued in his report. “Inside the vehicle were several tools, and the side panels to the doors were missing.” Yates Boys Towing of Seymour removed the Jeep from the driveway.
“I then released Matthew (Evans), Gray and Peck, who stated they had someone to pick them up,” Smith’s report said. “I then transported Donald Evans to the Webster County Jail and placed him on a 24-hour hold.”
Smith’s report added that Donald Evans was “known to be armed and dangerous, known to be violent and known to resist law enforcement.” The officer added that Evans had nine prior convictions and “an extensive criminal history.”
Seymour Police Chief Steven Pogue said he anticipated formal charges would be filed against Donald Evans sometime on Monday afternoon.
“I would assume that (Webster County Prosecuting Attorney) Ben Berkstresser’s office will file charges later today,” Pogue said early Monday afternoon. “There’s no doubt that Mr. Evans committed a crime by leading police officers on a high-speed chase.”