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Charges filed against Baxter Springs man accused of fleeing from police

Christopher Eiland Christopher Eiland
Alexander Sousa Alexander Sousa

Two Baxter Springs men are in custody following short police chase Monday in Jasper County.

Authorities say during the pursuit a deputy deployed a tire deflating device and the suspects stopped in the road to avoid it, went in reverse and struck a patrol car that was behind them, then drove forward.  The suspect swerved at the deputy and the tire deflating device hit the deputy.

The deputy received minor injuries to his arm and leg.

A short time later the suspects went through a ditch and fence, and were then taken into custody.

Alexander Sousa, 23 of Baxter Springs, has been charged with resisting arrest and assault in the second degree

Christopher Eiland, 23 of Baxter Springs, faces charges of resisting arrest and littering.



On 9-16-13 at approximately 1849 hrs, A Jasper County Deputy stopped a vehicle near 43 Hwy and Center Creek Dr.

The Deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle.  The Deputy asked for Identification from the Driver and Passenger, when the Driver sped off.

During the pursuit, another Jasper County Deputy deployed a tire deflating device.  The vehicle stopped in then road, accelerated in reverse striking the Jasper County Patrol car behind him.  As then Driver drove forward, he swerved at the Deputy with the tire deflating device hitting him in the arm and leg area causing minor injuries to the Deputy.

The vehicle continued North towards Barton County with two flat tires.  The two men were taken into custody in Barton County A short time later with the assistance of Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, after they went through a ditch and fence.

Arrested were Alexander Sousa, 23, and Christopher Eiland, 23, both of Baxter Springs Kansas.

Charges being sought against Sousa are, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer X2, Resisting Arrest, Driving without a License and numerous traffic tickets.

Charges being sought against Eiland are, Resisting arrest and Littering X3.

Both men are in custody at the Jasper County Detention Center awaiting formal charges from the Prosecutors Office. 

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