Man Dies in Police Pursuit in Southeast Missouri

7 years 3 months 13 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2012 Oct 17, 2012 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 3:41:21 AM CDT October 17, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A 35-year-old man is dead after crashing his car during a police pursuit in southeast Missouri.

Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton identified the victim as James Michael Pyles.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Cape Girardeau police were called at 5:31 a.m. Tuesday after witnesses saw a man threatening someone with a gun.

When officers arrived, the suspect drove away. Police say the suspect drove at a slow speed and obeyed traffic signals until suddenly accelerating, leaving the roadway and striking a tree.

Pyles was alone in the car. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say a gun was found inside the vehicle. 

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