Joplin Police officers had a busy weekend with four car chases and several people caught drunk or carelessly driving.
Early Monday morning, Jeffery Carter, 36, of Carl Junction, was arrested for careless driving, resisting arrest, and driving while revoked.
Just before 2 a.m., an officer tried to stop Carter’s car for suspected drunk driving. The car fled from 21st and Byers into an alley around 16th and Pennsylvania where he was caught and arrested. Carter was not charged with DWI.
On Sunday night, Dawn Robinson, 48, of Joplin, was taken to jail for DWI, driving while suspended, and felony resisting arrest. An officer tried to stop her car around 10th and Murphy for suspected DWI, when she drove off and a pursuit began. Her car was stopped on south Connor where she was taken into custody.
Also on Sunday, Matthew Painter, 42, of Joplin, was sent behind bars for DWI, resisting arrest, and careless driving. This happened after he was seen driving erratically near 7th and Connor, and an officer tried to pull his car over. His car fled, eventually crashing into a fence on 3rd and Connor. Painter got out and ran into a near-by apartment, where he climbed into the attic to hide, but fell through the ceiling and was caught by officers.
On Friday night, Samantha McCray, 24, of Joplin, was also arrested for DWI, driving while revoked, and felony resisting arrest.Law enforcement believed she was driving drunk and attempted to stop her car on ‘C’ Street and Main around 9:20 p.m. She and a male passenger got out of the car around ‘F’ Street and Byers and ran. Both were caught, and the male passenger was also arrested on misdemeanor charges.