A Webster County man who led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash in north Springfield now faces felony charges in Polk County Circuit Court. 

Pendergrass mug

Austin Pendergrass

According to online court records, Austin Anthony Pendergrass, 23, of Marshfield is charged with felony armed criminal action, class D felony second-degree assault, class D felony unlawful possession of a firearm and class D felony first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. 

The probable cause statement said Pendergrass, “along with a female paramour, Lynsi Marie Minor” — also known as Lynsi Alexander, 27, of Elkland — allegedly drove a stolen black and orange Ford Mustang to a home in the 500 block of North Main Avenue and threatened a Bolivar man in his driveway at around 7 a.m. Thursday, June 27. 

Demanding to search a room in the house, Pendergrass “held a pistol to his head and demanded to enter, stating, ‘I’m going to put a cap in your ass,’” the statement said.  

A Bolivar Police Department news release said the pair “appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances” and fled the scene before officers arrived. 

As previously reported in the BH-FP, after a Polk County trooper and deputy spotted the vehicle and two suspects in the O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot in the 900 block of South Springfield Avenue, Pendergrass backed into the trooper’s patrol car.  

Sgt. John Lueckenhoff with the Missouri State Highway Patrol previously told the BH-FP the patrol car had “substantial damage.”

Law enforcement then initiated a pursuit with Pendergrass south on Springfield Avenue through Bolivar, which ended up on southbound Mo. 13.

However, Lueckenhoff said the vehicle was “spiked twice by troopers” and then crashed on North Kansas Avenue, just south of Interstate 44, in Springfield at 7:48 a.m.

The crash report said the Ford Mustang crashed into two other cars — a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Christine Painter, 34, of Halfway and a 2016 Nissan Maxima driven by Kimberly A. Hanson, 54, of Pleasant Hope — that were stopped at a stoplight.

Painter was transported via ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for moderate injuries.

Pendergrass was arrested on scene for suspicion of felony resisting arrest, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, numerous traffic violations and two Stone County warrants for assault and possession of methamphetamine, an MSHP arrest report said.  

The felony complaint said Pendergrass is a persistent offender, having pleaded guilty to two counts second-degree felony burglary in Webster County in 2014, felony possession of controlled substance in Stone County in 2014 and felony first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle in Iron County in 2015.

Pendergrass faces additional charges — class E felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault — in Greene County Circuit Court pursuant to the pursuit, according to online court records. 

He’s being held without bond. 

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