Police find weapons, drugs in crawl space following chase

Police find weapons, drugs in crawl space following chase

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - A Kennett police chase results in the arrest of a suspect on drug and weapon charges.

On the department's Facebook page it stated that on Thursday afternoon officers saw a vehicle speeding and attempted to make a traffic stop.

However, police state the vehicle accelerated and did not yield to the officers.

The vehicle continued to flee going through back streets and major highways. At one point, the suspect collided with one of the pursuing officers, according to Kennett police.

After hitting a telephone pole in the 300-block of Madison Street, police state the driver got out of the vehicle and ran through the neighborhood.

Police contained the suspect to a small area and were confident he was hiding in an abandoned residence in the 200-block of Maple Street.

A K9 unit was brought in and, after the suspect refused to exit, the dog was sent in. The K9 found the suspect hiding in a closet and the suspect gave himself up and began cooperating.

Following the suspect's arrest police stated the K9 alerted to a large hole in the living room floor which led to a crawl space.

Officers reportedly found a firearm and an "undisclosed amount of narcotics" the suspect had attempted to hide.

The suspect and officer involved in the crash were taken to a Kennett hospital for treatment. They were later released.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released pending the filing of formal charges. He is in the Dunklin County Justice Center.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, first degree burglary and multiple traffic offenses.

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