Two occupants of a vehicle involved in a police pursuit Saturday night in Joplin are facing multiple charges.
The pursuit began at 10:53 p.m. when an officer attempted to stop a car at 15th Street and Michigan Avenue for an alleged equipment violation.
Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said the driver of the car sped up instead of stopping. He said a pursuit ensued to 32nd and Main streets, where the fleeing vehicle blew a tire on deflation devices put out by police, struck a street sign and momentarily spun out before taking off a second time.
At 20th Street and Indiana Avenue, the female driver allegedly drove straight at an officer who was attempting to put out more stop devices, Niess said. The officer managed to jump out of the way, and the vehicle struck a median and a telephone pole, he said. The two occupants then bailed out and attempted to flee but were caught a short distance away.
Niess said the male passenger allegedly fled with a backpack that was found to contain components of a methamphetamine lab.
The driver, Danielle Poindexter, 19, of Aurora, was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting, manufacturing a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. Her passenger, Carl Hart, 27, of Salem, was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance.
Poindexter remained in custody on a $50,000 bond. Hart was being held on a $20,000 bond.
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