Charges filed against Platte City man in lengthy police pursuit back in March

Following a pursuit of about 20 miles back in March, a Platte City man now faces five separate misdemeanor charges, according to court documents. 

The charges come more than five months after Blakely J. Alexander, 32, allegedly led a Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputy across the state line into Kansas back on March 6. According to a probable cause statement, a deputy noticed a red Ford Focus near Hunt Midwest Mining just east of Platte City on Interurban Road without a visible license plate light just after 9 p.m. 

Blake Alexander

Blake Alexander

The deputy turned on the emergency lights and sirens, but the driver, later identified by the deputy as Alexander, made a U-turn and sped away driving south on Interurban, according to the report.

The driver turned on C Highway, eventually driving onto Interstate 435 and then onto Interstate 29, according to the report, with the driver exceeding the posted speed limit by 25 mph at multiple points.

The chase continued past Tiffany Springs and Zona Rosa with the driver exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph at multiple points.

The car outmatched two attempts by police to use tire deflation devices — one by the Kansas City Police Department near 64th Street and one by the Riverside (Mo.) Police Department near Park Hill South High School on Interstate 635. The deputy said that Alexander had hit the stop stick set out by Riverside, but the maneuver failed.

Alexander “abruptly took the 69 Highway exit” according to the report, and the deputy followed the car across the Fairfax Bridge into Wyandotte County, Kan.

A superior officer advised the deputy to end the pursuit if no Kansas City Police Department officers were present, leading the deputy to turn off the sirens just north of Manocrest Drive in northeast Kansas City, Kan.

Following the chase, the deputy identified a photo of the registered owner of the vehicle, Alexander, as the driver during the pursuit.

Alexander faces charges of fleeing a lawful stop, driving while revoked/suspended, exceeding a posted speed limit by 11 to 15 mph, failure to register motor vehicle and failure to stop for stop sign — all misdemeanor charges. He is not currently in custody, according to a check of the Platte County Sheriff’s Office’s detention list.