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Around 2am on Thursday morning, officers were dispatched to the 4000 block of Misty Lane after a person complained of hearing what they believed to be gunshots, according to Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.
A vehicle was observed by the complainant leaving the scene after the unknown sounds were heard. The description was said over the radio where an off-duty police officer — listening to his radio — heard it and saw the suspect vehicle on Lamar Ave.
On-duty officers quickly caught up to the officer who was following the suspect. Police officers attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle then accelerated and fled, leading police on a pursuit that wound through northeast and northwest Paris.
As pressure from the police pursuit heightened, the suspect’s vehicle drove into the Camp Paris Motel area on NW 19th Street. According to Police Cheif Hundley, while inside the confines of the motel area, the suspect vehicle struck a parked car, sideswiped a Reno Police car, and finally came to a stop after hitting a utility pole.
Once the vehicle had come to a stop, three suspects exited and fled on foot. Officers then pursued the suspects for a short time on foot and, after a short chase, managed to capture the three individuals.
Once the suspects were in custody, officers were notified by the complainant that some type of explosive device had been used to blow up his mailbox. It was realized that the sounds the person had heard were not gunshots, but the explosion of this device.
Police determined that an “improvised firworks device” was the cause of the explosion, according to Police Chief Bob Hundley.
Ryan Van Noord, 22 of Brookston, was arrested and charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle. Wade Van Noord and Cade Armstrong were the other two suspects in the vehicle. They were detained by police but released pending further investigation into the mailbox destruction and the filing of charges related.
Paris Police officers responded to 104 calls for service on July 11, 2012 and arrested 6 individuals on the following charges: one for AWOL from the military, one for emergency detention, one for criminal mischief over $50, one for public intoxication, one for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one for evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!