JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Tuesday morning Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest a Joplin man, Benjamin Wright, 39, after a terminated pursuit. The incident began as a short pursuit of a silver passenger vehicle that occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-44 nearing Carthage, Trooper Sam Carpenter confirms to us.
“Our trooper terminated his pursuit due to the amount of traffic and potential for causing a hazard to other motorists.”
It was about 5 minutes later Jasper County Emergency Communications received alerts regarding a silver passenger vehicle that had crashed into the median near 20 mile marker. Authorities responded to assist. It was found to be the same vehicle involved in the short pursuit that had been terminated miles earlier. Trooper Carpenter tells us it is unknown why the single vehicle crash occurred.
Scattered along the median Trooper Carpenter tells us investigators located bags witnesses stated were thrown out of his vehicle, “containing money, guns and controlled substances.” There was also a juvenile family member inside the vehicle.
Benjamin Wright, 39, male of Joplin was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center. He is being held on a $50,000 bond. Facing these pending charges:
- FELONY RESISTING ARREST BY FLEEING
- FELONY ENDANGERING WELFARE OF A CHILD INVOLVING DRUGS
- FELONY UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
- FELONY UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON
- FELONY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
- FELONY DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – COCAINE
- FELONY DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – ECSTASY
The vehicle was towed by M&M Wrecker.
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