POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - A Mexico, Missouri man is facing charges after he led police on a chase on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Michael Paul, 44, was booked into the Poplar Bluff Police Department on an outstanding warrant from Audrain County, Missouri for forgery.
Additional charges from the chase and crash include felonious restraint, assault second degree, resisting arrest and a number of traffic violations.
According to Poplar Bluff police, an employee at the Minit Mart convenience store on U.S. Highway 67 reported a gas drive off around 11:26 a.m. The vehicle was described as a white Chrysler mini van.
Police say the Poplar Bluff animal control officer saw the van going south on Hwy. 67 in Poplar Bluff and reported its location and direction.
At 11:34 a.m. an officer tried to pull the van over as it turned south on Hwy. 53 from Hwy. 67, but police say the driver sped up to escape.
After a short chase, police say the van ran off the road on County Road 320 at County Road 337 and hit a utility pole.
Police then arrested the driver, Paul.
According to police, a front seat passenger, 24-year-old Lindsey Ryan, was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital and later transferred to a Cape Girardeau hospital with serious injuries.
They say Ryan told them he repeatedly asked Paul to stop and let him out of the vehicle, but Paul refused.