A Kansas City man who led deputies on a lengthy pursuit is facing three charges in a case filed on Friday, Jan. 19 in Platte County.
David A. Michaels, 26, is facing allegations of tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing and driving while revoked/suspended. Deputies attempted to stop Michaels on Thursday, Jan. 18 in Ferrelview.
According to a probable cause statement, narcotic detectives saw a dark colored Hyundai Elantra with stolen Missouri plates at a residence in Ferrelview. The car went to a gas station in Ferrelview and officers saw the vehicle leave and get onto NW Cookingham Drive. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle, driven by Michaels, ran two stop signs and then two red lights, the latter at the ramp onto Interstate 29, swerving between two vehicles.
After turning around, the vehicle turned south on Interstate 29 and reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Michaels took the NW 72nd St. exit and ran another stop sign after driving around multiple cars at the busy intersection. He drove into oncoming traffic and drove through a yard to get around traffic before turning north onto NW Tomahawk Ln.
Officers observed the vehicle stop at NW Tomahawk Lane and Crystal Pool Dr.
The passenger, Jake R. Connor, 29, was 100 feet north of the vehicle and was placed under arrest. He said he only knew the driver’s first name and didn’t know where he fled.
Michaels was detained at 7412 NW Tomahawk hiding inside a Honda Civic. A glass smoking pipe with marijuana residue was located in the vehicle and the owner of the Civic said it wasn’t his.
According to court documents, the only thing Michaels said when arrested was ‘Jake didn’t do anything.’
Michaels said he borrowed the car from a friend but couldn’t provide the friend’s name. He told officers while being interviewed he ran because he had active warrants.
Narcotic detectives recovered a scale from the Hyundai Elantra that field tested positive for cocaine.
Michaels is currently in custody in the Platte County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash only bond. His request for a bond modification on Jan. 22 was denied. He will appear in court for a hearing on Feb. 6.
Connor, a Kansas City resident, had one charge of resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing. The court entered a not guilty plea for him on Jan. 22 and he has a hearing set for March 13.