Michael L. Madison

Michael L. Madison, also known as Michael Nunn

Law enforcement agents are searching for a man wanted in Christian County suspected of escaping from a St. Louis hospital in order to avoid arrest. The St. Louis man accused of fleeing from Nixa police at speeds above 140 mph is now in trouble in another part of Missouri.

Michael L. Madison, 36, was arrested by Sullivan police in Franklin County on May 6, after a chase ended in an accident. Madison is accused of attempting two carjackings. Madison reportedly jumped from an overpass on Interstate 44 and fell about 15 feet, according to KMOV of St. Louis.

Madison is charged with second degree attempted robbery, attempted stealing of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest for a felony. All three charges are felonies.

According to a report in the Columbia Missourian and another on KMOV, Madison was allegedly fleeing from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Crawford County sheriff’s deputies and St. James police when he reached Bourbon, Missouri. At Exit 218, a vehicle turned the wrong way on an exit ramp and began traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the highway.

The pursuit reportedly continued seven miles east into Sullivan, when the vehicle crashed into the side of another vehicle on an on-ramp. Madison allegedly exited the car and attempted to steal a vehicle from a passing motorist, but the vehicle sped away.

That’s when Madison allegedly ran away from police officers and jumped from the Exit 225 overpass, falling about 15 feet onto Interstate 44. Madison ran toward a stopped vehicle on the highway and attempted to force the driver from the vehicle. According to Sullivan police, the driver pulled a handgun, and Madison and the driver began to struggle over the gun. As the driver threw the handgun into the backseat of the vehicle, a Sullivan police officer allegedly arrested Madison.

Madison was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for treatment for a hand injury, according to KMOV. At the hospital, Madison reportedly escaped from police custody.

Three people, including a juvenile, were injured during the chase from St. James to Sullivan, a span of 30 miles of Interstate highway. 

Christian County case started at strip club

On May 22, Madison and his bail bondsman failed to appear for a hearing in Ozark. Therefore, Circuit Judge Laura Johnson sustained Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch’s motion for the forfeiture of Madison’s $75,000.

Madison was indicted in Christian County on Jan. 5, after a police chase started with shots fired in Nixa and reached speeds of 140 mph.

Madison, also known as Michael Nunn, faces seven felony charges in connection with a high speed chase and an alleged drive-by shooting. Madison is charged in Christian County with unlawful use of a weapon, first degree assault, armed criminal action, two counts of delivering a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest by fleeing.

On 4:03 a.m. on Jan. 5, Nixa police officers were called to the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Bentwater Drive for reports of shots fired. A 9-1-1 caller reporter that bullets flying from a silver Cadillac sedan into a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

According to a probable cause statement, a Nixa police officer attempted to stop the Cadillac, which accelerated to speeds above 100 mph, reaching speeds between 120 and 140 mph, according to the police report.

The pursuit traveled from Nixa south through Highlandville to Spokane.

Stone County sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the vehicle using spike strips. The car continued on, until, “the driver lost control of the vehicle,” at the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Missouri Highway 176 south of Spokane. The car left the road on the southbound lane, traveled down an embankment and stopped.

According to the probable cause statement, police seized evidence from the vehicle that included two spent shell casings, a .45-caliber handgun with a round in the chamber, a needle with dried blood from the glove box, and plastic bags containing substances suspected to be 27 grams of methamphetamine, 24 grams of cocaine and an undisclosed quantity of a substance believed to be heroine. The probable cause statement says the substances have been sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for analysis.

Police interviewed a woman who had allegedly been in the car with Madison during the pursuit. According to the probable cause statement, the woman told police she had been with Madison from about 2:15 a.m. to the time the pursuit ended, which was sometime after 4 a.m. The woman allegedly told police they had been at Illusions Gentlemen’s Club in Nixa. The woman told police she waited in the car, and that Madison came out of the building with a cut on his head, screaming expletives.

According to the probable cause statement, the woman told police they traveled southbound from Illusions on Highway 160, and that at one point Madison put his arm over her and she heard gunshots.

Reportedly, no one was hit by gunfire.

The police report recounts some confusion over Madison’s last name being Nunn, because he originally told police his last name was Nunn and signed his paperwork at the emergency room at Cox North Hospital in Springfield as “M. Nunn.” At the Christian County Jail, Madison told police his last name was Madison and gave a social security number to match.

“According to Madison’s criminal history, he has given multiple names, birthdays and socials in the past,” the probable cause statement says.

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