Two persons are in custody after they allegedly led police on a pursuit through counties and fired shots at law enforcement vehicles along the way.
Brittany Scrivener, the driver, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, three counts of second degree assault on a special victim (law enforcement officers), three counts of armed criminal action, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.
Scrivener is being held on a $500,000 cash/surety bond.
Jacob Campbell, the passenger, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He is being held on a $150,000 cash/surety bond.
According to a press release from the Nixa Police Department, a Nixa officer attempted to stop a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated at 12:19 a.m. July 9. The driver did not pull over and a pursuit of the red Suzuki hatchback began near the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and South Street.
Nixa police continued to chase the driver south down Highway 160 to Highlandville. The driver reportedly led deputies into Stone County, then returned to Christian County and into Greene County. The pursuit ended in front of the Village Inn restaurant at the intersection of South Campbell and Republic Road in Springfield.
The press release says the occupants of the hatchback fired shots at police vehicles as they attempted to flee. Police say they did not return fire at any time during the 23-minute chase.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Christian County sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle with spike strips at two points along the pursuit route, both along State Route AA in Christian County in Nixa. The suspect vehicle lost a tire, but continued fleeing, dragging spike strips along as it traveled back north on Campbell. The spike strip then dislodged and hit a Nixa Police vehicle. The officer driving the police car dropped out of the pursuit as other law enforcement vehicles continued after the driver.
In front of the Village Inn, a sheriff’s deputy performed a maneuver to strike the fleeing vehicle with their own, which caused the hatchback to stop in a grass area between Republic road and a parking lot. Police then arrested the driver and passenger.
No injuries were reported from anyone involved in the pursuit.