A Kansas City man is facing a felony resisting arrest charge and a litany of traffic violations after fleeing a traffic stop on Interstate 70, jumping from his moving van and allegedly ditching a revolver Friday night in Cooper County.
Christopher Eugene Bartlett, 43, of Kansas City, was driving a minivan eastbound when he passed Trooper Nathan Wallace in the median at the 93 mile marker around 10:20 p.m. Wallace started following Bartlett after he cut off a tractor trailer without signaling, Wallace wrote in a probable cause statement.
Wallace checked Bartlett’s license plate, which belonged to a different car, so he tried to pull Bartlett over at the 97 mile marker, Wallace wrote. Bartlett kept driving, and exited onto Highway 135 going south. He pulled into an abandoned parking lot and jumped from the minivan while it was still moving, Wallace wrote.
Wallace and the K-9 Rony chased Bartlett on foot for half-a-mile, and caught him after another trooper arrived, he wrote.
Bartlett was taken to Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville, where he allegedly bragged about using methamphetamine and throwing a revolver into a ditch while he was fleeing police, Wallace wrote. Police found an empty holster in the minivan, but did not find the gun, he wrote.
Bartlett was being held Monday in the Cooper County Jail. He faces a class E felony charge for resisting arrest by fleeing, and five misdemeanors for traffic violations, including driving while revoked or suspended, failing to drive in the right lane of a highway, speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign and driving without insurance. He was already facing felony charges in Pettis County for domestic assault, armed criminal action and delivery of illegal drugs.