There were scary moments outside a Purcell shopping center after a man barreled through a crowded parking lot and nearly missed hitting another vehicle.
It happened across the street from the Purcell Police Department when an officer tried to pull over a driver who sped off at 60 mph through the parking area.
The officer walked up to the car and after making contact with the driver, examined the temporary paper tag, because it looked like it had been tampered with, and driver looked like he was a little rattled.
“He seemed just extremely nervous to the point of just shaking,” Purcell police Detective Scott Stephens said.
And when the officer began to get a closer look at tag...
“That’s when the driver dropped it into gear and took off,” Stephens said.
The driver nearly took out another car on his way out of the parking lot. The chase went through neighborhood streets. When it finally ended, the passenger stayed put in the car, but the driver, Kristopher Parker, took off again. Officers set up a perimeter.
They already knew who he was after he gave the officer his driver’s license the first time around.
Officers searched the car and found meth along with evidence that the car was stolen.
As for Parker, they finally found him when someone called and said there was a suspicious man hiding in their yard.
“When officers showed up there, he went to the backyard, and they were able to corner him in the backyard and take him into custody,” Stephens said.