From staff reports
A driver who led Joplin police and Oklahoma state troopers on a high-speed pursuit Thursday before crashing near Miami, Okla., has been charged with a felony count of resisting arrest.
The Newton County prosecutor’s office filed the charge on Friday against Chad A. Stroble, 41, of Leavenworth, Kan. Stroble and his passenger, Robin Bitner, 43, of Noel, were taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin for treatment of injuries after a chase on Interstate 44 and the Will Rogers Turnpike.
Joplin police Cpl. Chuck Niess said the pursuit began at 1:47 a.m. when a police officer attempted to check out a suspicious parked vehicle in the 5300 block of Castle Drive near Grand Falls. The driver took off as the officer was walking up to the sport utility vehicle.
State troopers picked up the pursuit in Oklahoma, where the driver eventually rammed a patrol car and crashed. Niess said the SUV proved to have been reported stolen in Noel.