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Man accused of leading Kennett police on chase, hiding in abandoned home

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

A man was arrested on Thursday evening after leading police on a chase in Kennett, Missouri.

According to police, at about 2:16 p.m. officers saw a vehicle speeding. They tried to pull the vehicle over, but they said the vehicle sped up and did not stop.

Police say the vehicle continued through several back streets and major highways, during which it collided with one of the police cars chasing it. They say the vehicle continued and eventually hit a utility pole in the 300 block of Madison Street.

The driver then got out of the vehicle and ran through the neighborhood, according to police. They say they quickly contained him to a small area and believed he was hiding in an abandoned house in the 200 block of Maple Street.

Officers maintained the perimeter and say they called in the Kennett Police Department's K-9 officer.

Police say the suspect still refused to leave the house, so they deployed the K-9. Once inside, the dog quickly found the suspect hiding in a closet, at which time he decided to give himself up and began cooperating.

After the suspect was arrested, police say they used the K-9 to search the rest of the home. They say he alerted to a large hole in the living room floor, which led to a crawl space. Police say they found a gun and an undisclosed amount of drugs that the suspect allegedly tried to hide.

Both the suspect and the officer involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released.

The suspect's name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges. He was taken to the Dunklin County Justice Center where he was placed on a 24 hour hold for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, first degree burglary, two counts of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and multiple traffic offenses.

The Dunklin County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the police department.

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