The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 2, 2014

Pursuit ends in crash with patrol cars

A woman who led police on a pursuit Wednesday night through Joplin, culminating in crashes with a retaining wall and two patrol cars, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and could be facing other charges.

Deanna R. Martin, 29, of Joplin, was taken into custody after a pursuit that began about 9 p.m. on Range Line Road and ended in the vicinity of Second Street and Byers Avenue.

Police said an officer responding to a report of a possible drunken driver at 20th Street and Range Line Road tried to stop a Ford F-150 pickup truck at Fourth Street on Range Line. But the driver refused to stop and headed west on Fourth Street.

The officer terminated the pursuit moments later because of hazardous weather conditions, police said.

The truck was spotted a short time later at Fourth and Main streets. Stop sticks were deployed in an effort to force the driver to halt. But the driver kept going with punctured tires until her pickup hit a retaining wall in the 200 block of South Byers Avenue and collided with two patrol cars before she was finally apprehended.

An officer in one of the cars suffered minor injuries for which he was treated at a local hospital, police said. Police Lt. Matt Stewart said Martin escaped injury. The truck and one of the patrol cars had to be towed from the crash scene, Stewart said.

Martin was charged with driving while intoxicated, and police are seeking two felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, single counts of property damage and eluding police, and several traffic violations.

When the owner of the truck later reported that his vehicle had been stolen, police sent paperwork to the Jasper County prosecutor’s office seeking an additional charge of tampering with a motor vehicle. As of late Thursday afternoon, a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated was the lone charge to have been filed.

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