High-speed chase that originated in Carthage lands driver 24 years in prison

High-speed chase that originated in Carthage lands driver 24 years in prison
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A police chase that began in Carthage, Missouri lead to 24 years in prison for one man who authorities say fired upon officers while in possession of methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool sentenced Raul A. Gonzalez Reyes, 35, of Stotts City, to 24 years in prison. Harpool says Gonzalez Reyes is responsible for potential drug distribution and shooting at police officers during a high-speed chase that occurred in 2020.

Because Reyes has a hefty criminal record, he was denied parole, and his sentence was lengthened, according to the police report.

Second chase

Police arrested Reyes on Oct. 12, 2020, following a pursuit by law enforcement officers in which he shot at an officer before crashing his vehicle. Police say he was responsible for shooting at deputies earlier that day as well, however, he was able to successfully evade police.

Later, police officers noticed Reyes and attempted to stop him. Officers say this is when the pursuit began.

Reyes told investigators that he emptied a 9mm pistol magazine while firing at officers. When his sidearm ran out of ammunition, Reyes says he reached for a scoped rifle.

Reyes ultimately lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Officers arrested him soon after.