Joseph Boyle (Source: Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Department)
MISSOURI (KFVS) -
Joseph Boyle, the suspect who led police on a high speed chase through three counties with a pregnant woman in the car, is now facing a number of charges.
Boyle, 29, of French Village, has been charged with resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony (a class D felony). He is also facing two charges of tampering with evidence in a felony prosecution (a class D felony) and possession of a controlled substance (a class C felony).
He was originally arrested on a charge of being a parole absconder.
The incident started around 7:35 p.m. on Monday, August 15 when a Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's deputy stopped to make contact with people in a vehicle near State Highway Y and Jackson School Road. He said the area is a popular location to catch fish and intended to talk to the people to find out if they were fishing. If they were, he wanted to verify they had valid fishing licenses.
According to the probable cause statement, the deputy saw two people in the car along with an open large beer in the center console.
As the deputy approached, he said the driver put the vehicle in drive and began driving toward Route Y.
The driver has been identified as Boyle.
The window of the car was open and the deputy yelled for Boyle to stop. He reportedly responded "No, what did I do?"
That's when the chase began.
According to Major Jason Schott with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Department, a pregnant woman was in the car and asked Boyle to stop.
He first took State Highway Y, onto Route 61 then to Highway A, and finally onto Interstate 55 into Perry County.
Officers say when Boyle headed towards the Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River, Chester Police had stop sticks waiting. The driver was able to avoid them and turn around.
During the chase, police say they saw the suspect throw items out of the window of his moving car.
The chase continued back south on I-55 into Cape Girardeau County, where Boyle allegedly used an emergency turnaround through the median to try and avoid police heading north again.
Just before the Perryville exit on I-55, Perryville police set up stop sticks, and effectively destroyed three of the suspect's four tires, but the driver kept going.
Boyle finally lost control of his car in a business parking lot on Highway 51, got out of the car and tried to run away, but officers caught him. He was taken into custody just after 9 p.m.
Investigators say he drove around multiple stop sticks during the chase.
After he was in custody, a deputy asked Boyle why he took off.
He reportedly told the deputy that he knew there was a probation violation warrant for his arrest. Boyle also said he had several firearms in the vehicle that he didn't want to be caught with and said there may have been some methamphetamine and syringes in the car.
Boyle admitted to having thrown one of the guns out of the car while on Interstate 55 and another when he was running on foot, according to the probable cause statement.
Investigators found a 40 caliber pistol next to the car. The gun Boyle allegedly threw out of the car on the Interstate has not been recovered.
According to Major Schott, the woman in the car tried to call 911 dispatch during the chase, but got disconnected.
She made contact with her mom who called dispatch.
We are told the woman and Boyle are acquaintances but are not in a relationship. Major Schott said she got into the vehicle by consent originally. She asked Boyle to stop during the chase.
The sheriff's department said they went through all kinds of roads and wet terrain. This was extremely dangerous because Major Schott said, at times, they were going really fast.
"Speeds topped at anywhere from 60 to 100 miles per hour depending on the road condition," he said. "It was kind of raining last night. Luckily, there wasn't a lot of traffic out on the roadways, whether it's the interstate or the side roads, so there wasn't a lot of individuals out there at risk."