Police believe they solved two stolen vehicle cases with the arrest of a suspect Friday following a brief vehicle pursuit and crash on the southwest side of Joplin.
About 10:20 a.m., an officer spotted a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck near Petro truck stop on Highway 43. The truck had been reported stolen less than three hours earlier from the parking garage at Freeman Hospital West. The suspect sped off when he saw the officer and crashed the truck into a Ford Taurus moments later at the intersection of Highway 43 and Cedar Drive.
The suspect, a 36-year-old man from Goodman, got out of the truck and ran behind a nearby McDonald’s restaurant, where he allegedly tried to commandeer another vehicle but was stopped and arrested, according to police.
Police Lt. Matt Stewart said one of the three occupants of the Ford Taurus was taken to a hospital for treatment of a possible broken arm. The other two were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the crash and released.
Information obtained from the suspect following his arrest led police to believe he was involved in the theft of a city parks department vehicle Thursday afternoon outside a convenience store at 20th Street and Schifferdecker Avenue, Stewart said. The city vehicle was recovered Friday near Seventh Street and Harlem Avenue.
Formal charges sought
Charges of motor vehicle thefts, leaving the scene of an injury accident, resisting arrest and robbery were being sought.