More than 1 year after pursuit, charges filed against Grandview man

A Grandview man is facing charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest following an incident nearly a year ago in Riverside.

A warrant was issued on May 30 for the arrest of Christopher J. Miller, 35, for a pursuit that spanned from Highway 9, Interstates 635, 29, 35 and Highway 169 and involved throwing a gun out during the chase.

 Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller

According to court documents, a Riverside officer saw a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with expired tags at NW Riverway Boulevard and Hwy. 9. The vehicle didn’t stop and traveled onto I-635.

The vehicle driven by Miller then traveled into southbound I-29. Then the pursuit traveled to southbound Hwy. 169 and after the Hwy. 9 exit, a white plastic sack was thrown out of the passenger window, landing off the highway.

The vehicle hit stop sticks on the Buck O’Neill Bridge and both tires were deflated. Despite that, the pursuit went onto southbound I-35 and exited onto 12th Street before entering back to 35. The vehicle exited again, this time on 20th Street and stopped turning west.

A police canine alerted the presence of a narcotic odor. An empty baggie that smelled like marijuana was found and an empty gun holster was found under the driver seat.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol corporal located a white shirt and black Glock in the area where an item was tossed out of the vehicle.

The gun was found to be stolen in Kansas City on March 13, 2017.

A check on Miller showed he was driving while revoked and had a criminal history with two charges of felony possession of a controlled substance (2013-14), felony distribution of a controlled substance (2015) and felony possession of a firearm (2015) — all out of Jackson County.

A swab of the trigger of the gun was sent to the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Crime Laboratory and tested and showed four contributors. Genetic in-formation from the swab was 40 septillion times more likely if Miller and three unknown individuals are the contributors then four unknown contributors, according to court documents.

With the felonies on his ledger, possession of a gun turned into the unlawful possession of a weapon charge in Platte County.

Miller refused to make a statement following his apprehension.