A Hannibal man will likely face multiple charges after leading Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers on a brief chase Thursday afternoon before crashing the vehicle he was driving on Hannibal’s South Side.
A passenger in the vehicle managed to elude law enforcement.
Troopers were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Ely and Valley streets when a Chevrolet Venture station wagon approached.
“As we were telling it to slow down, it fled from us and turned on Valley Street,” said Trooper Michael Coleman. “At that point we were in pursuit and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. It then crossed the road and wrecked.”
“Once he ran from us it was a real short pursuit,” said Trooper James Johnson.
In the process of crashing the vehicle snapped a utility pole before plunging down an embankment.
After attempting to flee on foot, the driver of the van, Michael A. Robinson, 21, of Hannibal, was taken into custody.
“The driver did sustain some minor injuries. He refused medical treatment here,” said Trooper James Johnson.
Robinson’s companion escaped on foot.
“We had a canine unit out earlier to attempt to locate the passenger,” said Coleman.
“We picked up a trail and followed it for a good ways, but it ended in a place that we couldn’t go with the canine,” added Johnson. “We believe the person that ran has intimate knowledge of this terrain. They live close by and knew exactly where to run to get away from us.”
The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid 20s with brown hair. He reportedly stands from 5-foot-8 to 6-foot tall.
“Right now we’re trying to conduct an investigation to determine who that subject was,” said Johnson.
According to Johnson, a search of the van uncovered “several items that incorporated together would make a methamphetamine lab.”
“We think they fled because of the methamphetamine lab, but the driver also had warrants for his arrest,” said Johnson.
According to the MSHP Web site, Robinson was taken into custody on a felony arrest for second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest by fleeing, attempting to manufacture a controlled substance (meth), not having a valid operator’s license, and for careless and imprudent driving.
Robinson was taken to the Marion County Jail in Palmyra where at last report he was still being held.