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Missouri man who led police on chase into Kansas sentenced to prison

A southwest Missouri man who was driving during a police chase that started in Joplin and ended in Kansas has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Marquis Sanders, of Carterville, was sentenced Monday for felony child endangerment and resisting arrest.

The Joplin Globe reports that Joplin police pursued Sanders’ vehicle in June after a passenger pointed an unknown object at officers in a patrol car.  During the pursuit, Sanders ran several red lights and stop signs and made reckless turns.  Speeds reached over 100 mph before the vehicle became disabled in Oswego, Kansas.

Because his passengers included four juveniles, Saunders was charged with four counts of first-degree child endangerment and resisting arrest.  Three of the endangerment charges were dropped as part of his plea agreement.

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