A man and a woman have been arrested after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through 3 counties and firing shots at patrol vehicles.
The Nixa Police Department says charges are pending for the suspects who officers say refused to pull over for a traffic stop near Highway 160 and South Street.
Officers say they were trying to pull the Suzuki hatchback over for a suspected DWI.
A pursuit by a Nixa officer lasted 23 minutes, going south into Highlandville in Stone County before returning north into Christian County and ended in front of the Village Inn at the corner of Campbell and Republic in Springfield.
During the pursuit, police say shots were fired from the suspect vehicle towards law enforcement vehicles, although no officers fired shots at any time during the incident.
The Highway Patrol and Christian County Sheriffs Deputies deployed spike strips at two different spots along AA Highway in Christian County.
The suspect vehicle lost a tire but continued the pursuit, dragging spike strips along as it traveled back north on Campbell.
The spike strip then dislodged and hit a Nixa Police vehicle which was in pursuit and the officer was able to safely drop out of the pursuit as other law enforcement continued.
The pursuit ended in front of the Village Inn on Republic road when a Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy performed a pit maneuver on the suspect vehicle, causing it to come to a stop in a grass area between Republic road and the Village Inn parking lot.
Police say officers were then able to take a female driver and male passenger into custody without further incident.
No injuries have been reported and at this time we do not believe any police vehicles were struck by the rounds fired from the suspect vehicle.
Potential charges may include: unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, DWI, and resisting arrest by flight.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Springfield Police helped Nixa officers in the pursuit.