A fugitive charged with four felonies from a Christian County police chase was named the Greater Springfield Area Crime Stopper “fugitive of the week.”
Nicholas S. Littlejohn, 26, allegedly led a Christian County led law enforcement agents on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle that ended in Branson with the car crashing and catching fire.
According to Crime Stoppers, Littlejohn has four felony warrants issued out of Christian County for first degree assault, Jasper County for delivery of controlled substance, Greene County for forgery, and Lawrence County for forgery. Littlejohn is approximately 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has full sleeves of tattoos down both of his arms.
Law enforcement agents are asking the public for assistance in locating Littlejohn. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com.
Littlejohn is charged with first degree assault with serious physical injury or a special victim, stealing a motor vehicle, felony possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest by fleeing creating a substantial risk of injury or death.
Littlejohn was allegedly the driver of a 2012 Ford Focus involved in a high speed chase with a Christian County sheriff’s deputy on Nov. 13, 2017. There were two passengers in the car. In a probable cause statement, a Christian County deputy describes his attempt to stop a vehicle on southbound U.S. Highway 65 clocked going 81 mph in a 65 mph zone in southern Christian County.
The deputy followed the vehicle at 90 mph into Taney County. The pursuit continued east onto U.S. Highway 160, then onto north Missouri Highway 176.
The deputy wrote that the pursuit continued back onto U.S. Highway 65, where the car traveled back to the south toward U.S. Highway 160 for a second time. This time, the car traveled off the side of the road, through a median and onto an outer road. The car got back on an on ramp and continued southbound on Highway 65.
The pursuit continued into Branson, and one point exceeding 100 mph. The Christian County deputy wrote that Littlejohn continued west on Missouri Highway 465, south on Missouri Highway 248, then west on Turtle Creek Drive into a parking lot.
A Branson police officer set up a spike strip to attempt to deflate the fleeing vehicle’s tires. Littlejohn allegedly traveled off the roadway and passed by the officer’s patrol car.
Littlejohn allegedly continued south on Highway 248 to a four-way intersection where the road’s name becomes Pirate Drive, a road leading to Branson’s Cedar Ridge Elementary and Cedar Ridge Intermediate schools.
“Littlejohn lost control of his vehicle and ran off the roadway, disabling the car and catching it on fire with him and passengers still inside the car,” the probable cause statement reads.
According to the probable cause statement, deputies determined that the car had been reported stolen from Springfield and that Littlejohn’s driver’s license was suspended. Deputies allegedly found a plastic bag in one of the pockets of Littlejohn’s jeans containing a substance that the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab determined was methamphetamine.
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Merrell filed the probable cause statement against Littlejohn in associate circuit court in Christian County on Oct. 10. It is not immediately clear why nearly 12 months elapsed between the time of the pursuit and the time of Littlejohn being charged.
Crime Stoppers is a program of Community Partnership of the Ozarks (a non-profit) that obtains money through fundraising and donations. It is coordinated by a Springfield police officer.