A man believed to be the driver of a vehicle that fled from police and crashed into a business in west Springfield is charged for that incident.
A Springfield police incident report named Blake C. Basten, 24, as the man who fled from police in west Springfield and crashed at Ozark Sandblasting in the 3400 block of West Chestnut Expressway late Thursday morning. Police took Basten and a female passenger in the car into custody without incident.
On Friday, Basten was formally charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage, leaving the scene of a crash and resisting arrest by fleeing.
Police said on Thursday that the driver, later identified as Basten, was wanted for questioning about events leading to a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist near Missouri State University on Sunday evening.
Police and state troopers arrested Shannon Rae Smith, 31, of Buffalo on Monday night for that crash. She's charged with leaving the scene of the crash in Springfield on Sunday night.
Zachary Gibson, 23, died after he was hit as he was riding his bicycle west on Bear Boulevard at its intersection with Kimbrough Avenue.
Smith told police she was fleeing from an ex-boyfriend who was chasing her in another vehicle. She estimated she was going 85 miles per hour because she was afraid of that man, who is believed to be Basten -- the driver who was arrested on Thursday morning.