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Independence County man at large after police pursuit

Friday, August 17, 2012

Photo/SCSO Christopher Glenn Bumpous
An Independence County man is at large following an Aug. 7 police pursuit with all the elements of an action packed television show. After a stolen vehicle chase, narrowly missing a police officer with his vehicle and fleeing on foot, Christopher Bumpous, 33, of Bradford faces serious felony and misdemeanor charges.

According to an affidavit from the Independence County District Court, Cave City Police Officer David Edwards was alerted to a stolen red Corvette believed to be in the Grange area headed toward Cave City. After spotting a vehicle fitting the description, the officer pulled the vehicle over near Main Street in Cave City.

Edwards informed the driver why he was being pulled over and during the stop, the officer noticed a towel laid over the steering column of the car, an indicator that the ignition may have been tampered with. After asking the driver to provide some identification, Bumpous attempted to retrieve his license from his wallet. As Edwards reached into the vehicle for it, Bumpous slammed the car in gear and sped away, narrowly missing the officer. After getting back into his patrol car, Edwards pursued Bumpous out of the city limits into Independence County at speeds exceeding 110 mph.

After passing the Phillip's 66 station outside Cave City, the driver made a turn onto Forrest Lane, losing control and spinning into a ditch. After accelerating the stolen Corvette out of the ditch, Bumpous rammed Edward's patrol car causing significant front end damage, before exiting the vehicle on foot and fleeing into a wooded area. Bumpous remains at large.

In the vehicle with Bumpous was a female passenger, Christine Hunter. Hunter, who was very upset after the accident, identified Bumpous, and told officers he had a bag of ICE methamphetamine with him. Hunter, who was searched and placed in the patrol car, was later transported to White River Medical Center by ambulance for neck pain.

After a search of the vehicle by Sharp County Deputy Trint Milligan and K9 officer Acha, a smoking pipe was discovered after Acha alerted on the vehicle.

Bumpous is being sought by the Independence County Sheriff's Department. Charges pending include aggravated assault, fleeing in a vehicle, both Class D felonies, fleeing on foot, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.

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