Springfield, Mo. – A man was sentenced in federal court Monday for illegally possessing firearms following a high-speed police chase which ended with him driving through a back yard and crashing into a residence.
Randall Hale, 43, was sentenced to nine years in prison without parole.
Back in January Hale plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, in November 2016, Greene County sheriff’s deputies found Hale unconscious behind the steering wheel of a stolen Chevrolet truck. Deputies parked behind the truck, got out of their vehicles and approached the truck.
As one of the deputies approached the passenger window, Hale put the truck into reverse and slammed into another deputy’s patrol vehicle. Hale then drove over a sidewalk and struck a building before leaving the parking lot.
Hale fled eastbound on Sunshine Street at about 85 miles per hour with additional law enforcement officers in pursuit. The pursuit continued to a backyard on South Newton Street, where Hale crashed the truck into the residence.
Hale ran from his vehicle and was apprehended a short distance away by Springfield police officers.
During a search of the stolen truck, officers found a loaded Springfield Arms Company .45-caliber pistol, a loaded Browning Arms Company 7mm rifle and a loaded O.F. Mossberg and Sons .243-caliber rifle, all of which had been reported stolen, as well as multiple rounds of ammunition.
Hale has prior felony convictions for vandalism, burglary, grand theft, petit theft, receiving stolen property, and the sale of marijuana.
He was on probation at the time of the federal offense.
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