Fleeing suspect falls 30 feet, another slugs officer in the mouth

Kingman Police have week worthy of TV drama

KINGMAN - Kingman Police officers had enough action to fill a one-hour televised crime drama last week - without commercial interruptions.

The week yielded nine arrests, a car and foot chase, two stolen vehicles, a nasty fall off a cliff and a punch in the mouth.

A 30-year-old Kingman man faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful flight from law enforcement and a pending driving under the influence charge after he led police on a high-speed chase Wednesday.

Driving a gold colored mini-van at excessive speeds on Andy Devine Avenue, the man reportedly refused to pull over for the pursuing officer and instead turned on Fourth Street and then Old Trails Road.

Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper said the man lost control of the van on a sharp curve and the vehicle was stuck on an embankment.

He left the van and plunged 30 feet off the embankment. With wounds to his head and body, the man attempted to resume his dash for freedom before the officer shot him with a Taser and took him into custody.

He was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. His blood alcohol concentration registered 0.298, well over three times the legal limit of 0.08.

Daniel Joe Poss' attempt to avoid a trip to jail was likewise thwarted on Wednesday when the 33-year-old man allegedly punched an officer in the mouth when a record check revealed Poss had misdemeanor warrants issued for his arrest by Kingman Municipal Court.

The officer who stopped Poss sustained injuries to his mouth and teeth, but managed to quickly take Poss into custody after a brief struggle.

Poss was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault on a police officer and the two warrants following the 1:50 a.m. altercation.

About 30 minutes later, Kingman police arrested five males who were in a van that was reported stolen out of Missouri.

The driver of the van was pulled over for a traffic offense when police discovered it was stolen. The five males, two juveniles ages 16 and 17 and three adults ages 20, 21 and 26, all from Springfield, Mo., were taken into custody.

The 16-year-old had been reported missing and endangered. The 17-year-old is considered a suspect in the theft of the Ford van.

The adults were booked into the Mohave County jail and the minors were booked into juvenile detention. They await extradition.

On Tuesday, police arrested a man who tried to steal his own car out of a tow company's storage yard. The Chevrolet Blazer was there on a 30-day impound.

Boudewyn Ronald Hanss, 59, initially denied knowledge of the theft and asked police if he could file a stolen vehicle report.

Cooper said Hanss later recanted his previous statement and admitted to the burglary. The Blazer was found near his home, said Cooper.

Hanss faces two felony counts of burglary of a business.

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