POPLAR BLUFF, MO - One person has been arrested and another hospitalized as the result of an apparent carjacking incident that occured yesterday in Poplar Bluff.
Police say a PBPD officer was dispatched to a gas station on South Westwood Blvd. in reference to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Immediately afterward, a second dispatch was issued in regards to a person leaving the scene of a traffic accident at a nearby location.
The initial call turned out to be a carjacking incident, as police learned upon arrival. A police pursuit then occured that ended a short time later when the suspect's vehicle wrecked near the intersection of Hwy. 67-South and Cravens Road. Police took Nathan Nipper into custody and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries he sustained in the crash. After being released from the hospital, police say Nipper became "combative" and had to be subdued by use of a Tazer.
Nipper is charged with first degree robbery, leaving the scene of an accident, and resisting arrest. Meanwhile, "Due to the violent nature of the car jacking and Nathan Nipper's criminal history," the PBPD contacted the FBI's Cape Girardeau burea and requested that the case be reviewed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for possible federal charges.